NAVIGATION FEASIBILITY STUDY
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District (USACE), in collaboration with The Port of Oakland (the Port) as our non-federal sponsor, has prepared a second Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Assessment as well as a draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening Navigation Study in Oakland, Calif.
The second draft IFR/EA is a re-release of the original draft report issued for public review on December 17, 2021; the public comment review period for the original draft closed February 14, 2022. In response to public comment on the initial Draft IFR/EA and operational needs, refinements to the Recommended Plan included slight shifts of the proposed widened footprints of both the inner and outer harbor turning basins. The shift of the proposed widened inner harbor turning basin necessitated an addition to the design for an in-water retaining feature adjacent to the Schnitzer Steel property, which would require in-water fill and in-water pile driving not previously evaluated in the original draft report and IFR/EA. Moreover, these design refinements identified the need for additional in-water fill in front of the Inner Harbor Turning basin bulkheads after widening. This in-water fill in Waters of the United States requires preparation of a Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) analysis, which had not been necessary nor included in the original IFR/EA. These additional features are described and evaluated in this rerelease Draft IFR/EA and a 404(b)(1) analysis is now included as appendix A-3. A complete list of updates from the initial Draft IFR/EA is located in this re-release executive summary.
The Draft report was re-released April 26, 2023. The comment period closes June 16, 2023.
Written comments may be emailed to OaklandHarborTurningBasinsStudy@usace.army.mil or mailed to: Mr. Eric Jolliffe, 450 Golden Gate Ave, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening - Revised Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment
Appendix A1: Draft Biological Assessment
Appendix A1b: Draft Essential Fish Habitat Assessment
Appendix A2: Draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report
Appendix A3: Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1)
Appendix A4a: Air Quality Applicability Assessment
Appendix A4b: Draft Health Risk Assessment
Appendix A4c: Greenhouse Gas Analysis
Appendix A5: Draft CZMA Consistency Determination
Appendix A6a: Cultural Resources Inventory
Appendix A6b: Cultural Preliminary Effects Assessment
Appendix A6c: Cultural Consultation
Appendix A7: Avoidance and Minimization Measures
Appendix A8: Noise Monitoring Methodology
Appendix A9: Visual Points
Appendix A10a: Public Comments and Responses - 1
Appendix A10b: Public Comments and Responses - 2
Appendix A10c: Public Comments and Responses - 3
Appendix A11: Draft FONSI
Appendix B1: Channel Design
Appendix B2: Geotechnical Engineering
Appendix B3a: Structural Engineering
Appendix B3b: Attachments
Appendix B4: Coastal Engineering
Appendix B5: Cost Engineering
Appendix C: Economics
Appendix D: Real Estate Plan
Oakland Harbor Turning Basins December 2021 Draft
Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening Navigation Study - Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment [PDF]
STUDY PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Port of Oakland, are conducting a feasibility study to investigate and determine if there is a technically feasible, economically justifiable, and environmentally acceptable recommendation for federal participation in a navigation improvement project to the existing federal navigation channels of Oakland Harbor.
The existing federal navigation channels of Oakland Harbor were designed for a 6,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) capacity ship with a 1,139 length overall, 140 foot beam, and 48 foot draft as part of the Oakland Harbor Navigation Improvement (-50-Foot) Project Study. The vessels routinely calling on the harbor today are longer, wider, and deeper than the design vessel from that study. These inefficiencies have a significant adverse effect on the economics and engineering design of the existing channels.
Initial investigations concluded the problems in Oakland Harbor are caused by length limitations in the inner and outer turning basins and are not caused by depth limitations nor by landside capacity. The need for this investigation arises from inefficiencies currently experienced by vessels in harbor, specifically the turning basins, where the current fleet exceeds the maximum dimensions of the constructed 50-foot Oakland Harbor Navigation Project. These inefficiencies are projected to continue in the future as vessel sizes are expected to increase.
FY 22 and FY 23 Accomplishments
- Preparation and submittal to ASA – Comprehensive Benefits Plan - NED Waiver
- Release of Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) & Environmental Assessment (EA) - 17 Dec 2021 & Public Review
- Agency Technical Review (ATR)
- Policy and Legal Compliance Review
- Agency Decision Milestone Meeting (ADM), 12 May 2022
- Environmental Coordination, Continuous
- 15 Agency and Public engagement meetings
- * Non-Fed sponsor hosted CEQA EIR scoping meeting June 2022
- Development of Revised Project Description, quantities, exhibits, and site tour (post ADM)
- Submittal of 3 admin drafts of 333 waiver, 3 submittals of 333 waiver, and 6 IPRs, Executive Briefing to General Graham and ASA Connor
ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION
- A re-release of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report /Environmental Assessment was necessary to allow public comment on project scope changes (in-water pile driving and fill) associated with a shift in the inner turning basin.
- 12th District, Rep. Barbara Lee
POINT OF CONTACT
- Deputy for Project Management, (415) 503-6593.
Updated on 16 May 2023
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