Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor waiting authorization from Congress for deepening.

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Q: Where could I find information on initiating a Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP)?

A: In the SERIM* – Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP)/Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)

The SAP is the main source of information about the proposed dredging project’s sampling design/approach and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) measures associated with sample collection and dredged material analysis. The SAP is equivalent to the Draft QAPP and will be used in the development of the testing contract Scope of Work (SOW). The Draft QAPP or (SAP) should be coordinated with EPA prior to initiation of the SOW. It is EPA’s policy that all environmental data used in decision-making be supported by a QAPP (EPA, 2000). Therefore, a final QAPP should also be coordinated with EPA prior to initiation of sampling. Sampling and testing should be coordinated far enough in advance of dredging to allow time for testing and data review (see Section 2.2).

*Information was obtained from The Southeast Regional Implementation Manual (SERIM) for Requirements and Procedures for Evaluation of the Ocean Disposal of Dredged Material in Southeastern U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast Waters.  The SERIM was prepared by the US EPA Region 4 and the US Army Corps of Engineers – South Atlantic Division, with assistance from ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc. in accordance with federal authorities.

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