Cape Blossom Proposed Navigation Improvements Open for Public Comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District prepared a draft feasibility report and environmental assessment on the proposed navigation improvements at Cape Blossom, about 12 miles south of Kotzebue, Alaska.

The draft report gives an overview of the proposed project and preliminary analysis of potential environmental impacts. The public is invited to review and comment on the Corp’s recommendation to dredge a 4,700-foot channel from about -26 feet mean lower low water extending to a dock located at -12 feet MLLW. This effort would remove about 707,000 cubic yards of material. A trestle that extends from the uplands to the dock would also be constructed.

The report will be available until February 8. It may be viewed on the Alaska District’s website here.  On that webpage, look under “Documents Available for Public Review” and expand the Civil Works link.

Comments may be submitted to the address below or via email to:

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Post Office Box 6898
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska 99506-0898

In addition, the Alaska District will host a public meeting on the draft report on January 24 at 6:00 the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly Chambers, 163 Lagoon Street, Kotzebue, Alaska 99752.

Corps representatives will be available to answer questions about the draft report and the authorities that govern the Civil Works Branch’s mission as well as receive public comments.