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SPL-2024-0701-NLH-Ventura Harbor Maintenance Dredging EA

Los Angeles
Published July 3, 2024
Expiration date: 8/2/2024
Ventura Harbor 2024

Ventura Harbor 2024

PUBLIC NOTICE 


Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District (Corps) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for maintenance dredging within Ventura Harbor (CECWP_SPL_335532), to evaluate potential environmental impacts of dredging and dredged material placement activities. If the EA identifies significant impacts that cannot be mitigated to a level that is less than significant, an Environmental Impact Statement would be prepared. If no unmitigable, significant impacts are identified, then a Finding of No Significant Impact would be prepared.

As part of its federal maintenance dredging program, the Corps proposes to perform annual maintenance dredging of littoral material within Ventura Harbor for a period of up to six years (fiscal years 2025 to 2030). This includes maintenance of the Federal Navigation Channel, Entrance Channel, and Sand Traps, with placement activities of dredged material directly on adjacent beaches or in the nearshore area off McGrath State Beach, for beach nourishment purposes (Figure 1). Design depths range between -12 to -40 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). Materials would be excavated using either a hydraulic dredge, a clamshell dredge, or a combination of these dredge platforms. The maximum total amount of sediment that would be dredged over the six-year program period is 6,000,000 cubic yards (cy; up to 1,000,000 cy per year).

The proposed action would typically be completed within a one-month period during late winter/early spring (January through March) beginning in fiscal year 2025 but could occur between September 16 and April 14 during any year. Duration of dredging would depend on the actual volume dredged and potential delays due to weather conditions, performance of the dredging equipment, and/or funding levels. The Corps has typically dredged Ventura Harbor annually since 1969. The proposed action is similar in kind to previous Federal maintenance dredging projects in Ventura Harbor.

A request for Section 401 Water Quality Certification was prepared and sent to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on May 22, 2024. Concurrently, a draft 404(b)(1) evaluation was prepared pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for discharges of dredge material into waters of the U.S. The discharge of dredged material could temporarily impact approximately 68.4 acres of Waters of the U.S. The placement area consists of beaches and a nearshore subtidal area.

Federally listed species and critical habitat that may be present in the vicinity of the dredging and placement areas include: California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni), western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus), steelhead trout (the anadromous form of Oncorhynchus mykiss), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), and gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus). The Corps has determined that the Proposed Action would have “no effect” on the steelhead trout. The Corps has determined that the Proposed Action “may affect but is not likely to adversely affect” the western snowy plover, California least tern, and humpback and gray whales. Informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service was conducted. Both agencies concurred with the “not likely to adversely affect” determination. The Corps has consulted with local tribes and the State Historic Preservation Office on the Proposed Action. The Corps has coordinated with the California Coastal Commission and submitted a Statement of Negative Determination on June 19, 2024, in compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Environmental resources that will be analyzed in the EA include oceanography and water quality, biological resources, air quality, noise, recreation, cultural resources, vessel traffic and safety, ground transportation and traffic, aesthetics, and environmental justice.

Comments on this public notice will be accepted from July 2, 2024, through August 2, 2024. To speak with someone about the public notice, please contact Dr. Tiffany Armenta, Biologist, at (310) 259-7833. Comments may be submitted electronically to: CESPL-VENTURA-HARBOR-DREDGING@usace.army.mil