Piankatank Oyster Restoration: Public Meeting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, will host a public meeting Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Deltaville Branch of the Middlesex County Public Library, 35 Lovers Lane, Deltaville, Virginia 23043. The public is invited to ask questions and provide comments on the Chesapeake Bay Native Oyster Restoration Project proposed for the Piankatank River. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting proceedings will begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please send emails to PROR@usace.army.mil.
Great Wicomico Oyster Restoration: Solicitation for Construction Contract released
The solicitation for the construction contract of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Program, Great Wicomico Oyster Restoration project, has been released and is now available on www.fbo.gov. Between 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built 85 acres of oyster reefs in the Great Wicomico River. Today, a portion of those reefs are not successful because either the reefs are too low, which allows sediment to cover the structures, or they have been damaged due to poaching. The goal of this project is to increase reef height, which will improve the conditions for oyster colonization and allow the reefs to become successful. Construction will include dredging of fossil shell from Tribell Shoals in the James River, the transportation of that shell to the Great Wicomico River, and the placement of the shell onto more than 11 acres of existing reefs.
Piankatank Oyster Restoration: Draft Environmental Assessment available for public review
A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA), with Appendices, for the Chesapeake Bay Native Oyster Restoration Project, Piankatank River, Virginia, is now available for public review. The purpose of this project is to increase the population of native oysters in the lower Piankatank River by constructing new oyster reefs. The public review period will end March 31, 2015. To submit comments pertaining to the documents, please contact: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Planning and Policy Branch, Ms. Janet Cote, 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 or via email at PROR@usace.army.mil.