This posting includes the guidance document for WRDA 16, Section 1122(a)-(h) – Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Pilot Project Implementation Guidance (UNCLASSIFIED) and is posted on behalf of
Ed O’Donnell,Chief, Navigation Section
USCAE, New England District
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742-2718
Below is some additional info on the 1122 program Ed O’Donnell received Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Getting the Federal Notice out for the nominations is a priority for HQ. The notice will include directions on how to nominate. Notice is anticipated in February.
HQ is discussing how this notice is going to get out regionally and within Districts – how to point our sponsors to it when they aren’t used to watching for these notices and responding to them.
It is not for the Corps to come up with the pilot nominations. This is for non-fed sponsors and other sources to do. HQ will work with whatever they get as responses to the Federal Register notice.
The statement that shows up in Paragraph 8 of the attached PDF is a change from past O&M guidance, “Section 1122(e)(2) provides that the incremental costs above the Federal Standard for transporting and depositing such dredged material will be borne entirely by the federal government.” This is a big change, but will only be applicable to the RSM Pilots not across the board for O&M and federal projects. Secretary may not charge Non-federal sponsor extra cost for transport and deposit. The ASA and committees intent is for the Corps to depart from business as usual for transport, so HQ will have to come up with a work plan or budget work packages to address this extra cost. Corps would only pay for extra transport and deposit cost not additional costs.
There will be webinars to explain the nomination process.