Notice of Availability of Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (Integrated Feasibility Study/Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report) for the Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Study (CEQA SCH# 2016111014)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Los Angeles District, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), acting by and through its Board of Harbor Commissioners, in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), have completed a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Feasibility Study located in the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.
Purpose of Study/Project Description: The purpose of the Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Study (proposed Project) is to identify, evaluate, and improve existing navigation channels within the Port of Long Beach to improve conditions for current and future container and liquid bulk vessel operations and safety, in the event of vessel malfunction or weather-related events. The proposed Project is located at Port of Long Beach Federal channels and berths serving Pier J and Pier T/West Basin. The proposed Project deepens existing Federal channels and constructs a new Federal channel and turning basin by dredging and disposing up to approximately 7.4 million cubic yards of sediment. Construction would begin in 2024 and is anticipated to take approximately 39 months to complete.
The proposed project, which will be undertaken jointly by the USACE and the POLB, would deepen the entrance to the Main Channel (the Approach Channel through Queens Gate) to a depth of -80 feet (ft) mean lower low water (MLLW), widen portions of the Main Channel (bend easing) to a depth of -76 ft MLLW, construct an approach channel and turning basin to Pier J South to a depth of -55 ft MLLW, and deepen portions of the West Basin and West Basin Approach to a depth of -55 ft MLLW. The POLB would also deepen two additional locations within the harbor to a depth of -55 ft MLLW: the Pier J Slip, including berths J266-J270, and berth T140 on Pier T. Structural improvements will also be performed on the Pier J breakwaters at the entrance of the Pier J Slip to accommodate deepening of the Pier J Slip and Approach Channel to -55 ft MLLW. These activities are considered Local Service Facilities needed in order to fully realize the benefits of the project, and will be undertaken solely by POLB.
Significant Environmental Impacts: Impacts associated with the proposed Project have been evaluated for all resource topics and were determined to be less than significant for all resources except air quality. Mitigation is proposed for the impacts identified under each alternative and the severity of these impacts is directly relative to the size of the alternative and associated number of days for construction.
Public Review Period: The Draft IFR EIS/EIR had a review period of 45 days, starting on October 25, 2019 and ending December 9, 2019.
Public Meetings: Two public meetings were held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Port of Long Beach Administration Building located at 415 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 in their first floor Multipurpose Room (Room# 1901E).
Following the close of the public review period for the Draft IFR EIS/EIR, the USACE and the Port of Long Beach will jointly prepare a Final IFR EIS/EIR, incorporating all comments received during the public comment period.