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Detroit District Environmental Department

 

The Detroit District Environmental Analysis Branch strives to achieve environmental sustainability of USACE civil works projects and operations by evaluating project proposals for environmental soundness, making recommendations for project modifications that reduce environmental impacts and/or provide environmental enhancements. The EAB also offers services to federal, state, tribal and private organizations (see Environmental Services listing below).

The Branch conducts agency and tribal coordination and completes and maintains documentation for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and other applicable legislation for District civil works projects, operations and maintenance, and other Detroit District programs. 

The Environmental Analysis Branch is comprised of environmental specialists in the areas of archaeology, biology, chemistry, fisheries and hazardous waste management. The Detroit District also has specialists in wildlife, birds, wetlands and ecology. The District's Water Quality Coordinator, Endangered Species Coordinator and Native American Tribal Facilitator all reside in Environmental Analysis Branch.

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                           

Environmental Services

The Detroit District Environmental Analysis Branch offers a variety of services to federal, state, tribal and private organizations:
  • Biological surveys (fish, benthos, plants)
  • Bioassays/Bioaccumulation testing for contaminant uptake by organisms
  • Cultural/Archaeological resource inventories and surveys
  • Endangered species inventorioes/evaluations
  • Environmental enhancement, mitigation and restoration planning
  • Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments
  • Sampling, chemical and physical testing/analysis, and evaluation of soils, sediment, tissue and water quality
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control for laboratory analysis
  • Management of demonstration projects for sediment treatment technology
  • Modeling and geographic information system data analysis
  • Property audits (Phase I and Phase II) for potential and actual presence of hazardous, toxic and radiological wastes
  • Beneficial use of dredged material, including beach nourishment, topsoil creation, mineland reclamation, etc.
  • Mobile sediment treatment plant
  • Remedial Action Plans for contaminated or impacted sites
  • Aquatic ecosystem restoration, flood management
  • Other

Contact Us

Click here to be directed to the Contact Us page to send an email to the Environmental Analysis Branch or call 313-226-2476

Environmental Review Documents

Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) that are currently out for public review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may be listed in this section.  These listings will include a linked NEPA document with a public notice that includes information on the review period and where to send comments.  

Public Notices

 

Environmental Reference Documents

This section includes select documents that have completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public review as well as reference materials associated with certain NEPA documents. 

Environmental Assessments:  

 

  • 2015 Duluth Minnesota: Dredged Material Placement at Three In-Water Aquatic Habitat Restoration Sites--21st Avenue West, 40th Avenue West, and Grassy Point. The proposed action involves placing suitable material dredged from the federal navigation project into the three aquatic habitat restoration sites in Duluth, Minnesota. After the dredged material is placed into each site, the State of Minnesota will manage the site towards implementing their habitat restoration project. The State’s habitat restoration project is a separate action under the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) with the goal of contributing towards removing beneficial use impairments (BUIs), specifically “Degradation of Benthos” (BUI #4) and Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat” (BUI #9), from the SLRAOC. This USACE in-water dredged material placement would be conducted under our Operations and Maintenance authority for the harbor. An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared by USACE for all three sites and distributed for agency and public review in February 2015.     <li    </li
  •  2014 Boardman River, Grand Traverse County, Michigan-Proposed ecosystem restoration. The proposed action for this project involves removal of the Boardman and Sabin Dams, and modifications to the Union Street Dam. See linked Finding of No Significant Impact and addendum to DPR/EA
  • 2010 Green Bay DMMP FONSI & EA - This document is the finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for the Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dredged Material Management Plan, specifically for construction and filling of the Cat Islands restoration project. PUBLIC NOTICE ON BARGE ACCESS DREDGING- This notice addresses recent project updates.   
  • 2010 Erie Pier Beneficial Use FONSI & EA - This document is the finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for Beneficial Use of Dredged Material, Duluth-Superior Harbor, Minnesota and Wisconsin