The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published its request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects. Section 1122 of the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) requires the Corps to develop a pilot program for ten projects for the beneficial use of dredged material. The projects must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and comply with all applicable environmental laws.
The pilot program can include projects for the purposes of:
reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;
promoting public safety;
protecting, restoring and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;
stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;
supporting risk management adaptation strategies; and
reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as
projects that use dredged material for construction or fill, civic improvements, or placement alternatives that produce a public, economic or environmental benefit.
Proposals must be submitted to the Corps on or before March 12. The Corps will work with state agencies to establish regional teams to evaluate the proposals. More information on the criteria and information on how to submit proposals can be found here.
The Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018) is posted here.