Executive Order 96-04
March 13, I996
WHEREAS, because of the failure of Rhode Island to produce a comprehensive dredging plan during the past twenty years, the natural process of silting has adversely affected many channels for the recreational boating industry as well as the commercial marine transportation industry; and
WHEREAS, the issue of dredging has been hampered by the lack of a consensus between interested user croups as well as state and federal agencies which have jurisdiction over dredging (including the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council); and
WHEREAS, the Port of Providence attracted more than 1,779,843 tons of goods in 1995 and the Marine Trades Industry is one of the largest segments of the State's economy, and the maintenance dredging is critical to the continuing vitality of these economic sectors; and
WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is presently developing an Environmental Impact Statement for dredging the Providence River which includes an evaluaticn of potential dredge spoil disposal sites and which will require several additional months to complete; and
WHEREAS, there are important competing interests utilizing Rhode Island's waterways ranging from marine commerce to commercial fishing to recreational uses.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and R.I. Gen. Laws § 30-15-5 it is hereby Ordered that:
1. The Governor's Commission on Dredging is established. The Commission is charged with developing statewide procedures for assessment of dredging requirements and disposal of dredge spoils consistent with the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement process.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately on the date thereof.