33 U.S. Code § 2326b - Sediment management
(a) In general
The Secretary may enter into cooperation agreements with non-Federal interests with respect to navigation projects, or other appropriate non-Federal entities, for the development of long-term management strategies for controlling sediments at such projects.
(b) Contents of strategies
Each strategy developed under subsection (a) of this section shall—
(1) include assessments of sediment rates and composition, sediment reduction options, dredging practices, long-term management of any dredged material disposal facilities, remediation of such facilities, and alternative disposal and reuse options;
In developing strategies under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall consult with interested Federal agencies, States, and Indian tribes and provide an opportunity for public comment.
(d) Dredged material disposal
The Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of constructing and operating an underwater confined dredged material disposal site in the Port of New York-New Jersey that could accommodate as much as 250,000 cubic yards of dredged material for the purpose of demonstrating the feasibility of an underwater confined disposal pit as an environmentally suitable method of containing certain sediments.
(e) Great Lakes tributary model
(1) In general
In consultation and coordination with the Great Lakes States, the Secretary shall develop a tributary sediment transport model for each major river system or set of major river systems depositing sediment into a Great Lakes federally authorized commercial harbor, channel maintenance project site, or Area of Concern identified under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978. Such model may be developed as a part of a strategy developed under subsection (a) of this section.
(2) Requirements for models
In developing a tributary sediment transport model under this subsection, the Secretary shall build on data and monitoring information generated in earlier studies and programs of the Great Lakes and their tributaries.
(f) “Great Lakes States” defined
In this section, the term “Great Lakes States” means the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
(g) Authorization of appropriations
(1) In general
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1998 through 2001.
Source(Pub. L. 104–303, title V, § 516,Oct. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 3763; Pub. L. 106–541, title V, § 505,Dec. 11, 2000, 114 Stat. 2645; Pub. L. 110–114, title V, § 5013,Nov. 8, 2007, 121 Stat. 1195.)
Section was enacted as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, and not as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 which comprises this chapter.
2007—Subsec. (g)(2). Pub. L. 110–114substituted “through 2012” for “through 2006”.
2000—Subsec. (e)(3). Pub. L. 106–541, § 505(1), added par. (3).
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 106–541, § 505(2), designated existing provisions as par. (1), inserted heading, realigned margins, and added par. (2).
New York-New Jersey Harbor, New York and New Jersey
“(a) In General.—The Secretary shall conduct a study to analyze the economic and environmental benefits and costs of potential sediment management and contaminant reduction measures.
“(b) Cooperative Agreements.—In conducting the study, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal interests to investigate, develop, and support measures for sediment management and reduction of sources of contaminant that affect navigation in the Port of New York-New Jersey and the environmental conditions of the New York-New Jersey Harbor estuary.”