Notice of Public Comment Regarding Fishing Industry Impacts of Proposed Maintenance Dredge Projects in Rye Harbor, New Hampshire with Disposal of Material in 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 proposed dredging operations. There are two dredging projects proposed for Rye Harbor, which are described below:

Government Project:

The State of New Hampshire proposes maintenance dredging of the Rye Harbor Anchorage to be performed concurrently with the dredging of the Federal Navigation Project (FNP). The purpose of the proposed maintenance dredging is to alleviate shoaling conditions in the anchorage. Placement of dredge material is proposed for either of two open-water placement locations: Cape Arundel Disposal Site (CADS) or Isles of Shoals North Disposal Site (IOSNDS). CADS is located in Maine state waters. The haul route to IOSNDS impacts approximately 6.3 miles of Maine state waters. The CADS haul route impacts approximately 19 miles of Maine state waters.

The proposed dredging requires removal of approximately 9,000 cubic yards of sediments mainly composed of fine sand and silt. This material is proposed to be mechanically dredged (clamshell bucket) and then transported by scow to either of the proposed placement sites. The work will be accomplished over a two to three-month period in concurrence with the dredging of the FNP, within an established dredge window (between November 15 and March 15), in the year(s) in which funds become available.

Private Project:

The Port of Missing Men Trust of 122 and 126 Harbor Road proposes a maintenance dredging project in Rye Harbor between their dock structures. The work is to be performed concurrently with the dredging described above. Placement of dredge material is proposed for either of two open-water placement locations: Cape Arundel Disposal Site (CADS) or Isles of Shoals North Disposal Site (IOSNDS). CADS is located in Maine state waters. The haul route to IOSNDS impacts approximately 6.3 miles of Maine state waters. The CADS haul route impacts approximately 19 miles of Maine state waters.

The proposed dredging requests the removal of approximately 2,750 cubic yards of yards of sediments mainly composed of fine sand and silt to improve the access to the current dock structures to an approximate depth of -6 feet mean low lower water (MLLW) adjacent to the federal navigation channel. This material is proposed to be mechanically dredged (clamshell bucket) and then transported by scow to either of the proposed placement sites. The work will be accomplished in the accordance with timelines described under the "Government Project."

DMR will accept written comments about the potential impacts of these proposed dredging operations 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 August 11, 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; tel.: (207) 624-6573 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