USACE announces FONSI, draft SEA for beach placement of maintenance dredging in Ponce de Leon Inlet for public review, comment

USASCE Jacksonville
Published April 8, 2024
Updated: April 10, 2024
Dredging areas and R-Monument limits of shoreline placement

Dredging areas and R-Monument limits of shoreline placement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announces the availability of a proposed Finding of No Significant Impact and draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the stockpile beach placement of sand from maintenance dredging of the Ponce de Leon inlet and Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) in its vicinity in Volusia County, Florida, for public review and comment.

The 2024 draft SEA updates information contained in the existing NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) documents, incorporates prior NEPA when applicable, and evaluates various alternatives for the placement of dredged material.

The project area lies within Volusia Co. just north of New Smyrna Beach along the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Ponce Inlet is approximately 11 miles south of Daytona Beach. The proposed preferred alternative consists of stockpiling beach quality sand north of the inlet between Florida Department of Environmental Protection Range Monuments R-139 and R-145.

Sand will be dredged from the Ponce de Leon Inlet Channel and IWW within Volusia Co., specifically IWW Cuts V-22 through V-40 and Ponce de Leon Inlet Channel Cuts 1A to 13N and Cut 3S.

Additional details of the preferred alternative may be found in the draft SEA, which is available for public review on the Jacksonville District’s environmental documents website, under Volusia County:

On that page, scroll down to click the “+” next to Volusia to open that section and find the documents dated 8 April 2024.

Comments must be received by close of business May 9, 2024, 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

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David Ruderman

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