Final Report on Planning for Dredged Materials Management in the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve
The Final Report on Planning for Dredged Materials Management in the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve was prepared as a first step to facilitate improved navigation dredging throughout the region. Management of dredging and dredged materials is essential to keep navigation waterways in a safe and useful condition. The Comprehensive Plan for the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (the Reserve) recognized the importance of navigation in the region, observing “The Reserve is home to the largest concentration of commercial and recreational vessels, marinas and other water-dependent businesses in the State.” (SSER-CMP, p. 92) The reports contained here include assessments of current physical conditions and administrative procedures for public navigation channels and recommendations for improvements. These recommendations could be advanced singly or grouped in the future to form a regional dredged material management plan. Two purposes would be served by such a plan:
1. The administrative process for permit applications could organized to facilitate future applications;
2. Designated sites or beneficial uses for sediment could be developed to facilitate dredged material disposal.
1. Dredging Needs (PDF)
In cooperation with representatives from local communities, boating interests and state, federal agencies, and utilizing funding to the Reserve from the state Environmental Protection Fund, the Department of State managed consultant work to collect and analyze the information in these reports for the benefit of the Reserve. The assistance of numerous Reserve partners in this effort is appreciated.