The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects now through March 12.
This program is pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials, which requires USACE to establish a pilot program to carry out 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.
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;
Reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such asprojects that use dredged material for: construction or fill material; civic improvement objectives; and other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits.
Projects identified under Section 1122 must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and ensure that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws.
USACE is required to carry out the pilot program in consultation with relevant state agencies and to establish regional teams to assist in the evaluation of the proposals.
Proposals must be submitted to USACE on or before March 12. More information on the program and solicitation can be found in the Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018).
It is available on line at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/09/2018-02613/request-for-proposals-for-beneficial-use-of-dredged-material-pursuant-to-section-1122-of-the-water.