USACE PUBLIC RELEASE OF THE DRAFT INTEGRATED FEASIBILITY REPORT AND SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE NORFOLK HARBOR NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS MEETING AREA VALIDATION STUDY. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, acting through its agent, the Virginia Port Authority, announce the release of the Draft Validation Report/Supplemental Environmental Assessment, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The Norfolk Harbor and Channels consists of a network of multiple channel and anchorage elements that provide deep draft access from the Atlantic Ocean into the Port of Virginia. The Norfolk Harbor and Channels Improvement Project General Reevaluation Report/Environmental Assessment for the network was completed in June 2018. The purpose of the current Draft Validation Report and Supplemental Environmental Assessment is to evaluate two specific navigation elements, Meeting Area 1 and Meeting Area 2, adjacent to the Thimble Shoal Channel of the Norfolk Harbor. The project is subject to Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, as amended, because portions of the affected area are located within floodplains.
The public is invited to review and provide comments to the study and the document. The Draft Report/Supplemental Environmental Assessment is accessible at the project website: https://www.nao.usace.army.mil/About/Projects/Norfolk-Harbor-Channel-Deepening/.
Comments may also be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Kathy.S.Perdue@usace.army.mil or by mail to Ms. Kathy Perdue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, until December 19, 2021. If you need more information, please contact Ms. Kathy Perdue at (757) 201-7218.