Late last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Review Board in Washington, D.C., unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement attached to the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project.
“Having the approval from the Civil Works Review Board allows us to stay on track with our timeline and move forward with our deepening recommendation," Lt. Col. John Litz, Charleston District commander, said. "This approval is a reflection of the tremendous work completed by our innovative Post 45 team that has exceeded all expectations throughout this process.”
The final report will be made available to state and local resource agencies for a review period of 30 days, after which Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ chief of engineers, will sign the Chief’s Report.
In September, that report will be presented to Congress, after which the initiation and completion of the Preconstruction Engineering and Design Phase will take place. When the report is sent to Congress, authorization and funding appropriation must be approved to begin the construction on the Post 45 project.
In October 2014, the Charleston District released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement recommending deepening the federal channel portion of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet. The Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project is the first project to go through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' new Civil Works Planning Process.