Notice of Public Comment Regarding the Wood Island Harbor and Biddeford Pool Federal Navigation Project, Biddeford, Maine

Pursuant to 38 M.R.S. §480-D, sub-§9, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is required to provide the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with an assessment on the impacts on the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation. The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to dredge an area of approximately 6.1 acres from shoals within the 10-foot (MLLW) entrance channel in Wood Island Harbor and the 6-foot anchorage in Biddeford Pool in Biddeford, Maine. This is expected to produce a volume of approximately 42,000 cubic yards of sand and fine-grained material. Suitable sandy material will be either mechanically or hydraulically dredged and placed at a nearshore beneficial reuse area off Camp Ellis Beach in Saco, Maine. Silty material will be either mechanically or hydraulically dredged and placed at the Saco Bay disposal site in Saco, Maine.

DMR will accept written comments about the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area and on impacts to the fishing industry of the proposed route to transport dredge spoils to the Camp Ellis Beach and the Saco Bay disposal site. Written comments need to be submitted by 5pm on July 3, 2020. Comments should be sent to Amanda Ellis at the email or mailing address listed below.

Send comments to: Amanda Ellis, Department of Marine Resources, 21 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333; tel.: (207) 624-6573 or email: dmr.rulemaking@maine.gov.

For more information about this project contact Denis-Marc Nault at Denis-Marc.Nault@maine.gov or (207) 592-0512.