Notice of Public Comment Regarding Fishing Industry Impacts of Proposed Private Maintenance Dredge Project in the Royal River, Yarmouth 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 to the fishing industry of a proposed dredging operation at the Royal River Boat Yard (RRBY), 307 Bayview Street, Yarmouth, Maine, for maintenance dredging. The RRBY proposes to dredge approximately 6200 cubic yards of sediments from the marina basin. The RRBY property is developed with storage buildings, ramps, floats and moorings. The area is utilized for recreational and commercial waterfront activities. The dredge depth is to -8 feet MLW and the volume to be dredged is approximately 6200 (in place) cubic yards with an expansion factor of about 20%, the final barge total will be approximately 7440 cubic yards. The total area impacted is approximately 64,000 sq. ft.

The dredge activity will occur during the November 2020 to April 2021 dredge year window. The dredge process will use a barge supported crane/clamshell unit assisted by a scow and workboat and received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dispose of the sediment at the Portland Disposal Site (PDS). A total of 8-12 trips by a disposal barge will be made to the PDS during the dredging project. The following barge towing route: leaving the entrance to the Royal River following a course of 110 degrees to Whale Boat Island; thence following a course of 175 degrees to Half Way Rock continuing a course of 175 degrees to the PDS. The return trip will follow the same route.

DMR will accept written comments about the potential impacts of the proposed dredging operation on fishing in the area to be dredged and on impacts to the fishing industry of the proposed route to transport dredge spoils to the disposal site. Written comments need to be submitted by 5pm on July 9, 2020. Comments should be sent to Amanda Ellis at the email or mailing address listed below.

Department of Marine Resources, Attn: Amanda Ellis, 21 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333; or email: dmr.rulemaking@maine.gov.

General questions about the project may be directed to Denis Marc-Nault at 207-592-0521 or denis-marc.nault@maine.gov.