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NEPA Scoping Comments for Port Everglades

On March 27, 2017 Miami Waterkeeper submitted scoping comments on the supplemental National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) document that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) prepared in order to evaluate the full impacts of the Port Everglades Navigation Improvements Project (“Port Everglades Project”) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

(Source: Florida Ports Council; Len Kaufman)

We urged the Corps to:

1) Produce a full, supplemental environmental impact statement to analyze the significant new information and alternatives.

2) Consider a proper baseline analysis that includes coral surveys that extend beyond 1,000 meters from the channel in both directions, and that are conducted before dredging beings, but not more than one year before construction and which are comparable to mid-project monitoring sites.

3) Take a hard look at the impacts. 

 

Read the full letter HERE.

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