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Flushing Bay Environmental Dredging

CEQR No. 13DEP012Q

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to dredge approximately 16.8 acres of Flushing Bay along the southwest shore adjacent to the World’s Fair Marina (proposed project) in accordance with an Administrative Order of Consent (CO2-20000107-8) (CSO Consent Order) between DEP and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Sediment mounds have accumulated in Flushing Bay as a result of discharges of stormwater and untreated wastewater during wet weather events. The proposed project is anticipated to remove accumulated sediment mounds exposed at low tide in the area of CSO outfalls BB-006 and BB-008 and to reduce associated nuisance odors. The removal of deteriorated timber piles at Pier 2 and the restoration of wetlands along the shoreline would further improve the aesthetics of the bay.

The anticipated duration of construction – including mobilization, dredging, wetland restoration and demobilization – would be a maximum of 24 months. The anticipated duration of the dredging portion of construction (active construction) would be a maximum of 15 months. NYSDEC and United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) permit applications would be submitted in December 2012. The notice to proceed for the proposed project would be issued two years from the effective date of these permits, and the proposed project would be completed within five years from the date of these permits per the CSO Consent Order, which requires specific dredging-related milestones.

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