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Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for Navigation and Related Purposes

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the need for deeper draft channels to the Port of Sacramento, California, to improve the transportation of commodities to and from the Port of Sacramento to improve the safety and usefulness of existing channels and to enhance existing environmental and recreational conditions in the study area. The study area consists primarily of the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel from the mouth of New York Slough to the Port of Sacramento, and the Suisun Bay Channel from Avon to the mouth of New York Slough. The problems associated with waterborne transportation in the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel study area result from waterways which are inadequate to efficiently accommodate vessels currently using the channel, thus causing transportation inefficiencies and unsafe conditions. The need for greater transportation efficiency and safety may be fulfilled through existing national transportation policies including channel improvements. Since the existing channel was completed in 1963, tonnages have steadily increased as a result of increased productivity of the agricultural industry in the northern and central portions of California, increased exports of forest products from this region, and due to foreign demand for agricultural and forest products. Imports, including nitrogeneous fertilizers. bulk commodities, and general cargo have also increased during this period. In addition, the channel has provided deepwater access for industries in the service area. Development and change in waterborne commerce have been rapid and revolutionary in recent years. New shipping techniques and modern terminal development have been necessary to accommodate this increased commerce. Economic growth in the Orient is generally expanding at a higher rate than in the rest of the world, and new or prospective trade policies point to the expansion of United States trade in these countries.

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  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Marine Engineering

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