Bishopville dredge spoil disposal permitted on county property

Bishopville dredge spoil disposal permitted on county property

(Feb. 22, 2013) Dredge spoil from the Bishopville Pond will be disposed of on county property at no cost.

The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the written request of Katherine Sharks, senior local program advisor for the Department of Natural Resources, to allow for the disposal.

Tests have revealed the pond sediments are free of toxic materials.

One phase of the project to enable fish passage at the Bishopville dam requires the removal of approximately 2,000 cubic yards of material from the pond bottom.

About two years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers obtained county approval to dispose of dredge spoil from the dredging project at the harbor in West Ocean City. That project generated more than 10 times the amount of spoil to be dredged at the pond. It is estimated that 1,960 cubic yards of spoil will be dredged.

The commissioners permitted that spoil to be deposited in an unused corner of the county borrow pit on Langmaid Road in Newark.

“We could take this material to the Langmaid Road site,” Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting, told the commissioners.

Depositing the dredge spoil there could be beneficial because the harbor material, composed mostly of sand and shells, has been unable to support any type of vegetative cover. The pond material will be placed atop the harbor material to provide needed organic matter.

“We could get some vegetation finally established,” Tudor said.

In a memo to the commissioners, Tudor said he and others recommend that the Department of Natural Resources provide test results on the material for review or provide material for further testing to ensure it contains no toxic material.

The commissioners approved that recommendation plus others. The Department of Natural Resources or its contractor must be responsible for all required permitting and one or the other must be responsible for sediment and erosion control at the disposal site. Lastly, one or the other must be responsible for hauling, spreading and stabilizing the dredge spoil after it is deposited.

The Bishopville project has been in development for several years.

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