Published May 1, 2018
Expiration date: 5/31/2018

Environmental Assessment


The USACE-Norfolk District has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment to assess the potential impacts for work described below:

LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The Lynnhaven Inlet Channel is located in Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Features of the Proposed Action are located in Long and Wolfsnare Creeks, which connect Lynnhaven Bay and Broad Bay.

PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to replace the fender system of the W. Great Neck bridge to maximize the service life of the bridge. The Proposed Action is the repair of the fender system, including replacing steel and timber piles, timber wales, catwalk, and electric conduits and navigation lights. The fender system will be repaired via barges. 


Under the requirements of Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this proposed project, which may impact the Lynnhaven Inlet Federal Navigation Project, has the potential to alter or impair the usefulness of a portion of the Federal navigation channel located in Wolfsnare Creek. This Environmental Assessment has been performed to facilitate the Section 408 of the Rivers and Harbors Act evaluation of potential impacts to the Federal project.This EA has been prepared pursuant to NEPA and its implementing regulations.  

The purpose of this Environmental Assessment is to evaluate the direct and indirect impacts associated with repairs to the fender system that have the ability to impair the usefulness of the Federal navigation channel. This document identifies and evaluates the potential environmental effects associated with the Proposed Action.

The draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment is being coordinated with the following agencies:  

• City of Virginia Beach
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency (USFWS) 
• NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
• Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ)
• Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR)
• Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
• Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) 

COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment should be by email (Megan.A.Wood@usace.army.mil) or in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: CENAO-WR-OT (Wood)), 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia  23510-1096, and should be received by the close of business on May 31, 2018.  

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY: Comments and information, including the identity of the submitter, submitted in response to this Public Notice may be disclosed, reproduced, and distributed at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Information that is submitted in connection with this Public Notice cannot be maintained as confidential by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Submissions should not include any information that the submitter seeks to preserve as confidential.  

If you have any questions about this project, contact Megan Wood at Megan.A.Wood@usace.army.mil or call 757-201-7843.