Published April 9, 2020
Expiration date: 5/11/2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District and the City of Newport News are conducting a feasibility study authorized by Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946 as amended for a shoreline stabilization project along the north bank of the James River in the City of Newport News.   

The approximate 600 linear foot section of shoreline is located west of the James River Bridge and between Government Ditch and North Avenue immediately adjacent to River Road and is severely eroded resulting from the combined effects of natural erosion processes, tidal storm and wave action, and stormwater runoff.  The 25-foot high receding bluff is an imminent threat to existing public facilities and River Road as a result of the continued erosion.

The joint feasibility study/Environmental Assessment (EA) will consider alternative shoreline stabilization measures and evaluate the impacts to the human and natural environment pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations 1500 – 1508).

The USACE requests comments to determine the scope of content to be included in the draft feasibility study/EA.  Comments may include, but are not limited to, the range of resources areas to be analyzed, potential alternatives, and data needs.  The following website has been established for the project: www.nao.usace.army.mil/About/Projects/JamesRiverNewportNewsShoreline/.

To submit scoping comments, please contact: Justine Woodward by email: justine.r.woodward@usace.army.mil; or telephone: (757) 201-7728.  Please submit comments by May 11, 2020.