Dredging Umbrella Permits
It is anticipated that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will perform a full dredge of the San Rafael Channel in summer 2022. Read the recent City news release re: San Rafael's inclusion in the 2022 President's Budget.
The USACE is only responsible for dredging the Federal Channel (which does not extend to private docks and marinas). Private property owners are responsible for dredging from their private docks up to the Federal Channel which is in the center of the Canal.
However, since the USACE is providing for mobilization of the dredging contractor, it will be cost effective for waterfront property owners to have their private docks dredged by the USACE contractor, in conjunction with the USACE Federal Channel dredging.
Property owners wanting to do this “piggybacking” on the USACE summer 2022 dredging for their private dredging will need permits from regulatory agencies and a separate agreement with the USACE dredging contractor in advanced. To make the permitting process easier and more cost effective for property owners, the City is aggregating waterfront private properties wanting to dredge in summer 2022 under a single Umbrella Permit for review and approval by various SF Bay regulatory agencies.
Since dredging is now anticipating in summer 2022, property owners may still sign up to participate in the Umbrella Permit by filling out the online form below.
For questions on the umbrella permitting process, contact Scott Bodensteiner of Haley & Aldrich at SBodensteiner@haleyaldrich.com.