Re: Permit Modification #5 – Permanent Wharf
Lesner Bridge Replacement Project, Virginia Beach, VA NAO 2007-3405, VWP Permit 12-1169, MAP Job # 11111 (4 page PDF)
At an unspecified time in the future, the City of Virginia Beach may request to use the dredged material disposal site (landward of the wharf) as a dredged material transfer site for individual SSD dredging projects. The scope and timeline for such projects is unclear . . .
Note: Our understanding is DEQ is still looking for answers from City of Virginia Beach about more detailed info on each of the speific uses the city listed for the new wharf including frequency of trucks for DMTS, safety plan for truck access road, durations for mooring of boats, and more.
We strongly believe a public hearing with DEQ to allow the public to comment is appropriate considering the controversy and impact the industrial use of the wharf could have on the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility and the surrounding neighborhood including use of Shore Drive.
I believe that an adequate Environmental Impact Statement/study needs to be completed to better understand the damage potential if this site is used for dredging transfers. The spoils coming from the back channels of the Lynnhaven estuary are not like the nice sand channel dredgings that we have seen in the past that were used for beach replacement. We should know what we are facing.