New York, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on an additional task in response to the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. The project involves dredging work to lower the depth between Pier 6 and the Corps-maintained navigation channel to allow the city easier access to remove debris to the Staten Island landfill.
The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will perform the work under a $790,500 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the project, up to 75,000 cubic yards of material will be removed and transported to the Newark Bay Confined Disposal Facility starting today. It should take about seven days to complete and Corps inspectors will monitor the dredging activities to assure compliance with the appropriate protocols.
The Corps permit to remove the dredged material from the vessel berthing area was issued to New York City on Sept. 20. The federal permit was issued using emergency procedures by the Corps. Coordination with federal and state agencies was completed in one day. The permit was issued in compliance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, which provides for federal regulation of any work in, under or over navigable waters of the United States and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge of dredge and fill materials in United States waters, including wetlands.
The contract was issued to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company under the sole source provision for urgent and compelling reasons.