CAMP ELLIS - Section 111
The City of Saco, elected officials, and concerned citizens from across the community have worked for decades to resolve the challenges created by the Army Corps of Engineers’ structure known as the Camp Ellis Jetty. In early summer 2017, an updated report by the regional office of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) was presented to the City with a price tag of $67 million dollars. This revised amount, well above the $26.9 million previously allotted from prior Congressional efforts, would not be accepted by the Head Quarters of the ACOE as it exceeds what Congress had originally authorized.
This information put the City of Saco in a tough position. At this point, the City had four options: 1.) Work with our congressional delegates to lobby for an increase to the authorized amount; 2.) Request that the project be moved to another potential funding source and added to the ACOE Chief’s Report; 3.) Advocate for the Federal Government to purchase all the properties, or 4.) Consider legal action.
The City has worked closely with our federal delegates to apply pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers and at this point Headquarters has instructed the regional office to submit a revised project that meets the authorized amount by May 15th.
The City will host a meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM for residents and elected officials to learn about where this project stands and what our next steps are. We will update our website and send out an email to the Camp Ellis & Ferry Beach notification list with a save the date for this meeting.
Please visit our website to sign-up for notifications or to read more about the history of the Section 111 project and erosion studies.
A Camp Ellis Community Meeting and Saco River Dredge update was held at Saco City Hall on June 15, 2017. View the presentation here.
City Administration hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 to bring residents up to date on the Army Corp of Engineers Feasibility Study or District Quality Control (DQC) report. The presentation walked through the basics of the proposed Section 111 Shore Damage Mitigation project.
Section 111 Shore Damage Mitigation project
The project is currently under Agency Technical Review (ATR), and upon completion, the DQC will be sent to ACOE Headquarters (December timeframe). Once the report is sent to headquarters, the City of Saco will start its campaign for approval. This will involve residents sending letters to our federal representatives and the ACOE District office.
Several documents related to this topic can be found in the Reports section of the City Administration Page. In addition, there are reports and documents that can accessed through various other websites, such as:
The Internet archive: Camp Ellis Beach, Saco Bay, Maine Model Study of Beach Erosion (Coastal Model Investigation) August 1995
The Army Corps Website
Maine Policy Review
CAMP ELLIS EROSION REPORT
Final Draft Report: Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach Section 111 Project (PDF file, 13.1MB)
A presentation of the findings of the Saco River & Camp Ellis Beach Shore Damage Mitigation Project to the Saco Bay Implementation Team on February 22, 2006 by COL Curtis L. Thalken, Commander and District Engineer, US Army corps of Engineers, New England District. View the presentation.
Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment
This examines alternatives to prevent and mitigate for erosion along Camp Ellis Beach resulting from the Saco River Federal navigation project.
- Main Report
- Environmental Assessment
- Appendix A: Correspondence
- Appendix B: Coastal Engineering
- Appendix C: WHG Model
- Appendix D: Geotechnical
- Appendix E: Design Cost
- Appendix F: Economics
- Appendix G: Real Estate
- Appendix H: Archaeology
- Appendix I: History
Saco River and Camp Ellis Shoreline Damage Mitigation, January 23, 2013 PDF, 11MB
A Fiscal Impact Analysis of the Saco River & Camp Ellis Beach Shore Damage Mitigation Project PDF, 4.7MB
Funding options Below are links to information on various methods of funding future mitigation activities as required by the Project Cooperation Agreement.
Tax Increment Financing
Title 30A Chapter 205 Community Development PDF, 908K
Title 30A Chapter 206 Municipal Capital Improvement Districts PDF, 1.2MB
Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach Section 111 Project
Final Draft Report PDF, 18.9MB
Appendix A-3 PDF, 3.9MB
Appendix A-6 PDF, 1.6MB
Appendix A-8 PDF, 8.7MB
Appendix A-9 PDF, 1MB
Appendix A-11 PDF, 2.2MB
Appendix A-13 PDF, 800KB
Appendix B-6 PDF, 1MB
Appendix B-9 PDF, 2MB
Appendix B-3-2 PDF, 72KB
Appendix B-3-1 PDF, 92KB
Appendix B-11 PDF, 3MB
Appendix B-13 PDF, 1MB
Appendix C-11 PDF, 156KB
Appendix C-13 PDF, 444KB
Saco Bay Regional Beach Management Plan, 2000 PDF, 6.8MB
Past shoreline positions PDF, 520KB
Project Cooperation Agreement PDF, 912KB
River Committee Interlocal Agreement PDF, 348KB
Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach Shore Mitigation Project (PDF file, 2.9MB)