PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Ocean City Harbor & Inlet Project: Worcester County, Maryland, Proposed Navigation Improvements Draft Finding of No Significant Impacts and Environmental Assessment
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is proposing to realign approximately 3,360 linear feet of the Ocean City Inlet navigation channel to immediately south of its current position where most water is already at the federally-authorized 10-foot depth. Dredging of inlet bottom sand would be required locally. USACE also proposes to construct two 300-foot long rock structures to close gaps in the existing breakwaters at the north end of Assateague Island (600 feet total) and to construct a 150-foot long jetty extending to the northwest into Sinepuxent Bay. The National Park Service is a cooperating agency for preparation of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA). Worcester County, MD, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) are the local project sponsors. The navigation improvements are proposed under Section 107 of the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP).
From 2019 to 2021, USACE investigated physical environmental conditions, conducted extensive public and agency coordination, formulated alternatives, and modeled effects of alternatives using sediment and hydrologic computer models. The proposed navigation improvements are based on these economic, engineering, and environmental analyses. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, USACE has prepared the below draft EA and evaluated potential impacts of the proposed project on the human environment.
USACE requests comments regarding the draft EA and Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) by June 26, 2022. Comments can be submitted via email to: OceanCity_107@usace.army.mil. For additional information, you may call Chris Spaur at 410-962-6134.