USACE Responds to Congressional Inquiry Regarding Limited Dredging Schedule

On November 1, Douglas W. Lamont, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) provided a response to a letter sent in September by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and Rep. Mike Thompson regarding the limited dredging schedule of the Richmond Outer Harbor and Pinole Shoal that was announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) last year. The Congressmen’s letter had requested an official explanation for why the dredging schedule was limited and requested an update on whether dredging work in the Richmond Outer Harbor could be undertaken in conjunction with the dredging that was scheduled to be done in Pinole Shoal in October. In his letter, Mr. Lamont points to conditions imposed on USACE by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region regarding reduced use of hopper dredging within San Francisco Bay as a primary cause of the limited dredging schedule. BPC continues to work on several fronts to address the overall situation and is committed to doing what it can to help develop an effective solution.
Click here to see the letter from USACE Headquarters to Rep. DeSaulnier.
Click here to see the original letter sent to USACE Headquarters by Reps. DeSaulnier and Thompson.
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