Meetings Scheduled On Long Island Sound Dredged Material Plan

Six public meetings have been scheduled during the week of Nov. 26 to allow public input on the “Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement” related to the development of a Dredged Material Management Plan for the navigation facilities of Long Island Sound harbors.  Three meetings each will be held in communities in New York and Connecticut.

The purpose of developing the Programmatic EIS is to evaluate the overall impacts of alternatives identified in the development of a Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) for dredged material that would be generated in the maintenance or the improvement of navigation facilities in Long Island Sound with respect to the environment of the Sound and its tributaries.

The DMMP will be developed by the Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with representatives from U.S. EPA (Regions 1 and 2), N.Y. Dept. of State, N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Conn. Dept. of Environmental Protection, Conn. Dept. of Transportation, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The involved agencies are collaborating to identify, evaluate and document alternatives for the safe and timely management of the region’s dredged material.  The DMMP should lead to a continued reduction of the use of ocean placement sites over time using a broad based public process that protects the environment based on best scientific data and analysis, while meeting society's need for safe and economically viable navigation for water based commerce, transportation, national security, and other public purposes.

The DMMP will be funded and managed by the Corps of Engineers and is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2013. 

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

Monday, November 26 Evening 7 – 10 pm
Location: Empire Ballroom
Address: Radisson New Rochelle
One Radisson Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Telephone: 914-576-3700

Tuesday, November 27 Afternoon 1 – 4 pm
Location: Diplomatic Ballroom
Address: Danfords on the Sound Meeting and Conference Center
25 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Telephone:  631-928-5200

Tuesday, November 27 Evening 7 – 10 pm
Location: Long Island Room
Address: Holiday Inn in Westbury- Long Island
369 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514
Telephone:  516-997-5000

Wednesday, November 28 Evening 7 – 10 pm
Location: The Glen
Address: Westin Stamford
1 Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06902
Telephone:  203-351-1832

Thursday, November 29           Afternoon 1 – 4 pm
Location: Morgan Ballroom
Address: Holiday Inn New London
269 N. Frontage Road
New London, CT 06320 United States
Telephone:  860-442-0631

Thursday, November 29 Evening 7 – 10 pm

Location: Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102
Address: Yale University
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone:  203-432-0465

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