US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

San Francisco Bay Harbor Drift Removal

SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR & BAY (DRIFT REMOVAL)
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

Drift Removal project is based at San Francisco District Operations Base yard in Sausalito, California.  Mission is the removal of floating hazards to navigation using government-owned vessels as well as some sunken hazards to navigation.  Large floating debris collection is accomplished by routine patrols on the Bay and response to calls received from public and agencies (Coast Guard, Ports, ferryboat operators, public and private operators, San Francisco Bay Harbor Pilots, etc.).  The drift removal fleet’s areas of operations are San Francisco Bay (Main-ship Channel, Central, North and South), San Pablo Bay, Oakland Estuary, Petaluma River, Napa River, Mare Island Strait, Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay, Port of Redwood, and portions of Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers to include the Port of Stockton and Port of Sacramento.  Annually more than 1,200 tons of large debris impending marine traffic is removed for the federal channels.  The debris removal operation provides safer and cheaper marine traffic to all minor and major ports in greater bay area and Ports of Stockton and Sacramento. This improves the economics of the seven deep-draft ports, including the Port of Oakland, and significantly reduces catastrophic danger to US Coast Guard high-speed security vessels, high-speed ferry traffic, and recreational ship traffic.

 

     TOTAL FUNDING

 

     TOTAL COST

N/A

     FEDERAL COST

N/A

     NON-FEDERAL COST

N/A

 

 

     TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2019

$9,665,000

     FY 2020 BUDGET

$3,538,000

     COST TO COMPLETE

N/A


FY 19 AND FY 20 ACCOMPLISHMENTS (based on the availability of funds)

  • Normal annual removal of floating hazards to navigation

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • Current estimates place drift and debris removal from San Francisco Bay and its tributaries at an average of 1,200 tons annually, although winter storms have generated upwards of 5,000 tons of large flotsam within a three month period.
  • Removal of floating hazards to navigation utilizing existing USACE vessels is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound method possible.
  • Within the greater San Francisco Bay Area, there are an increasing number of high-speed homeland security vessels, high-speed ferries, commercial shipping traffic and recreational vessels. 

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 11th District, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier
  • 12th District, Rep. Nancy Pelosi
  • 13th District, Rep. Barbara Lee
  • 15th District, Rep. Eric Swalwell

POINT OF CONTACT

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

Updated on 31 January 2019


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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6708
450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102