USACE seeks public comment on Integrated Feasibility Study and NEPA documentation for Christiansted Harbor, USVI

USACE Jacksonville
Published Nov. 28, 2023
Updated: Nov. 28, 2023
Sketch of Christiansted Harbor navigation channels

Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Nov. 28, 2023) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District, announces the initiation of an Integrated Feasibility Study and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document pertaining to Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), for public review and comment.

The feasibility study is being conducted to address maneuverability, dimension and safety concerns in the Schooner Channel and Gallows Bay at Christiansted Harbor in partnership with the USVI Port Authority, which is the study’s non-federal sponsor.

Christiansted Harbor is located on the northeastern side of the island of St. Croix. The study area includes residential and commercial properties, areas of historic and cultural significance, hardbottom and coral reef habitats, mangrove wetlands, seagrass meadows and other fish and wildlife resources.

Study objectives include reducing risk to health and life safety, evaluating operational improvements, and exploring opportunities to increase economic benefits in the study area. The study anticipates addressing issues of concern for cultural resources, recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, fish and wildlife resources, essential fish habitat, seagrass, hardbottom, threatened and endangered species and water quality.

USACE Jacksonville is soliciting views, comments and information about environmental and cultural resources, study objectives and important features within the project area from all interested individuals and civic groups to best inform the study team.

Comments must be received by close of business Dec. 27, 2023, for consideration.

Comments may be submitted for review and consideration via email to or via U.S. Postal Service to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Planning Division
ATTN: Kathryn Lebow
701 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL  32207

Questions about the study and NEPA documentation may be addressed to Ms. Lebow at the email address above or at (904) 232-2030.

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David Ruderman

Release no. 23-078