Hard Copies of IFR/EA

Hard copies of the draft Integrated Feasibility Report and National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Assessment are also available at the below public locations:

  • Main Library. 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612 
  • Asian Branch. 388 9th St., Oakland, CA  94607 
  • African Museum and Library, 659 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
  • West Oakland Branch. 1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA  94607
  • Golden Gate Branch, 5606 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA  94608
  • Port Headquarters: 530 Water Street at Lobby Reception
  • West End Branch, 788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501

Public Participation Meetings

A virtual public engagement meeting hosted by the Port of Oakland was held Jan. 12, 2022.     

A Community Stakeholder Engagement meeting was held August 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. Pacific. 

 

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 13th District, Rep. Barbara Lee

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Edwin S. Townsley, 415-503-6593

Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening, CA

ship on water with white cranes in the distance and city in background

NAVIGATION FEASIBILITY STUDY

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District (USACE), in collaboration with the Port of Oakland as our non-federal sponsor, prepared a 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.

 

On Dec. 17, 2021, The USACE released a letter announcing the availability of this Draft IFR/EA and FONSI for public review and comment. The comment period was scheduled to end on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.  We received separate requests to extend the comment period from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Earthjustice on behalf of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.  The comment period has been extended to Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

 

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 Navigation Study - Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment [PDF]

Appendix A: Environmental Appendix B1: Channel Design
Appendix B2: Geotechnical Appendix B3: Structural
Appendix B4: Coastal Engineering Appendix B5: Cost Engineering
Appendix C: Economics Appendix D: Real Estate Plan

 

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. 

The feasibility study planning process for channel improvements for the existing turning basins will be documented in the Oakland Harbor Turning Basins Widening, CA, Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment.  The draft integrated report will document compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as incorporated into the planning process.  The draft integrated report is expected to be released in December 2021.  The documents will be posted on this website for public viewing.

 

Updated on 20 August 2021

 

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