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and loss of marine habitat. In specific cases critical to national defense, regulations and
procedures can be modified through the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. However,
most Navy facility projects are subject to the concerns and regulations of other
authorities, which have jurisdiction. Specific contact should be made at project
inception with the agencies affected. Liaison is particularly important where harbor
dredging and disposal of dredged materials,
work in or around existing marshes, and
significant reduction of existing intertidal or shallow-water areas.
U.S. Coast Guard. All aids to navigation for U.S. waters are prescribed
and installed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). In addition, USCG
jurisdiction extends to drawbridges and encompasses construction clearances for new
drawbridges, modifications of existing drawbridges, and drawbridge operations.
Prior to construction of any coastal project that may impact navigation or
interrupt any existing aids to navigation, complete project information should be
provided to local authorities (USCG district commander). This information should
include details about project authorization, proposed construction schedule, and
detailed drawing showing the project location relative to existing feature. Local
authorities may require a set of "as-built" plans after the project has been completed,
and it may be necessary to include new aids to navigation as part of the project design
(CEM, Section VI-3-8).
Harbor Control Lines. USACE, through the Secretary of the Army,
establishes harbor control lines for all U.S. ports. Control lines include:
bulkhead lines seaward limit of solid-fill structures;
pierhead lines seaward limit of open waterfront structure; and
channel lines extent of channel limits usually maintained by the Federal
Jurisdiction. USACE has jurisdiction over construction and dredging in
the navigable waters of the United States and of its territories and possessions. EPA
has jurisdiction over water quality relating to dredging, disposal of dredged material, and
fill activities. Dredging activities and equipment must comply with USCG regulations.
Consultation with the district office of the USCG is recommended before dredging
projects are started.
Federal Permits. A USACE permit is required to locate a structure,
excavate, or discharge dredged or fill material in waters of the United States. A USACE
permit is also necessary for transport of dredged materials into ocean waters for the