Jacksonville District releases Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Study of Port Everglades Harbor deepening project for public review and comment

Published Dec. 17, 2020

Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (DSEIS) of the Port Everglades Harbor deepening project for public review and comment

The DSEIS considers new information, and updates previous evaluations of potential effects on the human environment due to implementation of the Port Everglades project, including data not analyzed in the 2015 Final Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement, the January 2016 Record of Decision, and subsequent Congressional authorization.

The Port Everglades Harbor deepening project is designed to meet future growth of commerce due to the global adaptation of post-Panamax scale ships, while ensuring navigational safety and limiting environmental impacts to the maximum extent. The Authorized Plan calls for deepening and widening various segments of Port Everglades Harbor, the reconfiguration of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, and construction of an environmentally friendly bulkhead along the South Access Channel.

The plan proposes dredging approximately 5.5 million cubic yards of sediment from the Federal Channel and 300,000 cubic yards from the berthing areas. It proposes placing all dredged material in the Port Everglades Harbor Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site, which is located approximately four statute miles from the eastern end of the port’s Outer Entrance Channel.

The DSEIS and associated documents are available on the district’s website at https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/About/Divisions-Offices/Planning/Environmental-Branch/Environmental-Documents/. Click on Broward County and scroll down to Port Everglades Harbor to review the project documents.

Public comments must be received by Feb. 1, 2021 for consideration.

Questions or comments may be submitted by email to porteverglades@usace.army.mil. They may also be sent by post to the address below; however, due to limited staff availability caused by the coronavirus pandemic, email is highly preferred.

Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District

Planning and Policy Division, Environmental Branch

701 San Marco Boulevard

Jacksonville, Florida 32207-8175


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David Ruderman
(904) 232-1623

Release no. 20-203