EPA Seeks to Expand Dredge Spoils Site Off California

July 31, 2019, 10:06 PM

Federal officials are seeking to expand an ocean dumping site for dredge spoils off Eureka, Calif., and one future plan includes using a location near the shore for disposal to help buffer the coastline from sea-level rise.

Each year an estimated 1 million cubic yards of nontoxic sediment is dredged from Humboldt Bay and dumped about three miles offshore to clear the way for recreational boats and commercial vessels, including oil tankers.

“It’s vital that dredging up there happen every year to keep navigation safe,” said Brian Ross with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Dredging and Sediment Management Team. “We...

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