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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices -

Agency/Applicant: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Activity: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is proposing to conduct maintenance dredging of Sagamore Creek in New Castle. Sagamore Creek is the common name for the Back Channels portion of the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Federal Navigation Project (FNP). The Back Channels are located among the islands on the south side of Portsmouth Harbor at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. They include the upper end of Little Harbor, Sagamore Creek and shallow natural channels between the islands. The authorized FNP consists of three 6-foot deep navigation channels (a 100-foot wide by 0.4 mile long channel, and two 75-foot wide channels totaling 1.6 miles in length) and a three acre anchorage. This project has not been dredged since 1970-1971.

Currently there is one large shoal area within Sagamore Creek near the confluence of the Back Channels (at channel makers G&R SL and GC-15) that is restricting use of the Creek and causing a navigational hazard with the Back Channels. Due to limited funding, the USACE is proposing to dredge only this shoal, which is comprised of approximately 4,100 cubic yards of sandy material. The material will be dredged by a mechanical dredge and transported by scow to a nearshore placement site located approximately 900 feet offshore of Wallis Sands State Park in Rye. The USACE anticipates that the project will take approximately three to four weeks to complete.

Comments Deadline: December 4, 2015

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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