Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2019: Ocean Disposal Sites, https://inport.nmfs.noaa.gov/inport/item/54193.

Item Identification

Title: Ocean Disposal Sites
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2018-10-31
Abstract:

In 1972, Congress enacted the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act) to prohibit the dumping of material into the ocean that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment. Virtually all material ocean dumped today is dredged material (sediments) removed from the bottom of waterbodies in order to maintain navigation channels and berthing areas. Other materials that are currently ocean disposed include fish wastes, human remains, and vessels. Ocean dumping cannot occur unless a permit is issued under the MPRSA. In the case of dredged material, the decision to issue a permit is made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, using EPA's environmental criteria and subject to EPA's concurrence. For all other materials, EPA is the permitting agency. EPA is also responsible for designating recommended ocean dumping sites for all types of materials.

Purpose:

To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

Supplemental Information:

The native coordinate system for this layer is NAD 1983 (ESPG: 4269). Please note: all MarineCadastre.gov data served by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and hosted through Esri REST services are in the WGS 1984 Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (EPSG: 3857) projection.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Environmental Governance/Management
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None Borrow
None Dredged Material
None Dredging
None Ocean Disposal
None Ocean Dumping
None Oceans
None Placement Area

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America
None Alaskan waters
None Atlantic
None Coastal Waters
None Gulf of Mexico
None Pacific
None United States Sovereign Territories
None United States, USA

Physical Location

City: North Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Distribution Liability:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Data Set Credit: CREDIT: NOAA, US ACE, US EPA, BOEM ORIGINATORS: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM);

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 787762
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 787764
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 787763
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 787767
W° Bound: -177.394197
E° Bound: 174.158795
N° Bound: 64.500203
S° Bound: -14.425

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 787766
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2018-07-03
Description:

ground condition

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 788312
Download URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/OceanDisposalSites.zip
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 787758
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/data
Name: MarineCadastre.gov Data Registry
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

URL 2

CC ID: 787759
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/nationalviewer
Name: MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

URL 3

CC ID: 787760
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/data
Name: Digital Coast Data section
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.4.1.5713

Data Quality

Accuracy:

The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.

Lineage

Sources

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Chapter I, Subpart H, Part 228, Section 228.15

CC ID: 787741
Contact Name: US Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-01-01
Citation URL: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/228.15
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

source of data

Federal and State Waters

CC ID: 787737
Contact Name: NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-06-01
Source Contribution:

State and Federal waters within the Economic Exclusion Zone of the United States feature class used to clip source datasets.

Managing Ocean Dumping (EPA Region 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10)

CC ID: 787735
Contact Name: US Environmental Protection Agency
Citation URL: http://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-1
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

The appropriate EPA sources were consulted during the development of this dataset. However, it was found that the ocean dumping sites published on the websites listed above were identical to those published in the CFR dataset and/or the USACE Placement Areas. The ocean dumping manager for each Region was contacted in reference to the disposal of marine mammals at sea, but none said that there were any commonly used such disposal sites in their region. Given the above, no EPA data was included in this dataset. The source and situation is included here for future reference.

(Source) Citation URL above is for Region 1. Source URLs for the other respective regions are:

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-2

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-3

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-4

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-6

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-9

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/managing-ocean-dumping-epa-region-10

Maritime Limits and Boundaries of United States of America

CC ID: 787743
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-06-01
Citation URL: http://maritimeboundaries.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/MaritimeBoundaries/US_Maritime_Limits_Boundaries/MapServer/
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Maritime limits and boundaries of the United States shapefile including the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the U.S. extending 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline and adjacent to the 12 nm territorial sea of the U.S., overlapping the 12-24nm contiguous zone. The EEZ was used to clip the source datasets.

National_Admin/USACE_Placement_Areas

CC ID: 787740
Contact Name: US Army Corps of Engineers
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-04-01
Citation URL: http://rsc-agisu.usace.army.mil/s1arcgis/rest/services/National_Admin/USACE_Placement_Areas/FeatureServer
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

source of data

NOAA ENC Direct layers: Approach_Dumping_Ground_(Point/Area), Coastal_Dumping_Ground_(Point/Area), General_Dumping_Ground_(Point/Area), Harbour_Dumping_Ground_(Point/Area), Overview_Dumping_Ground_(Point/Area)

CC ID: 787739
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM)
Citation URL: http://encdirect.noaa.gov/
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

source of data

Ocean Disposal Sites (OceanDisposalSites_NAD83)

CC ID: 787742
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-06-01
Citation URL: http://www.marinecadastre.gov/data/
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

This source provided the schema, basic processing steps, and was a source of data

Region_Boundaries_EEZ

CC ID: 787736
Contact Name: US Environmental Protection Agency
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013-05-02
Citation URL: http://edg.epa.gov/data/public/OEI/EPA_Facilities/EPA_Locations.zip
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

EPA Region polygons used to attribute the US EPA Region field of the final dataset

Seamless RNC Map Server

CC ID: 787738
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2011-01-01
Source Contribution:

source of data

Unexploded Ordnance (Point)

CC ID: 787734
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mapping and Boundary Branch, Branch Chief
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-05-08
Source Contribution:

Unexploded Ordnance in United States Waters. Some features in this dataset overlap with the Ocean Disposal Sites dataset.

Unexploded Ordnance (Polygon)

CC ID: 787733
Contact Name: NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-05-08
Source Contribution:

Unexploded Ordnance in United States Waters. Some features in this dataset overlap with the Ocean Disposal Sites dataset.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 787744
Description:

Convert point feature class to a new polygon feature class (CFRdata) by connecting the corner coordinates and joining in the attribute information.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-06 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 787745
Description:

Remove superfluous attributes as needed and crosswalk existing attributes to match the final schema, which was copied from MC.gov with 3 changes. An attribute was added for UXO feature duplication. The RasterChart attribute was changed to Source, and the Type attribute was changed to PrimaryUse.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-13 00:00:00

Process Step 3

CC ID: 787746
Description:

Add the EPA regions layer. Use Select by Location to select all the sites falling within EPA Region One. Use the field calculator to populate the US EPA Region field. Repeat for all EPA regions.

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-13 00:00:00

Process Step 4

CC ID: 787747
Description:

Compare the Ocean Disposal Sites feature class to the UXO feature classes looking for duplicates and omissions. Features appearing in both layers were attributed as such in the UXOdup field of the ODS feature class. Features found in the ODS dataset that had a name or descriptive attribute indicating it also belonged in the UXO dataset were copied into a new feature class for later appending.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-14 00:00:00

Process Step 5

CC ID: 787748
Description:

Export the appropriate features from USACE Placement Areas via Select by Attributes, where 'Placementtype' = OCEAN. Project into Web Mercator for comparison to Seamless RNC.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-10 00:00:00

Process Step 6

CC ID: 787749
Description:

Compare the ENC features to one another and to the Seamless RNC images. Delete duplicates (keeping the feature collected at the largest scale). Convert the ENC point features to ENCpoly by tracing around the area depicted on the appropriate RNC at the ENCpoint feature.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-09 00:00:00

Process Step 7

CC ID: 787750
Description:

Import excel spreadsheet into ArcMap as a table. Convert to x,y coordinates using the x/y event layer tool. Export as a point feature class.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-05 00:00:00

Process Step 8

CC ID: 787751
Description:

Download all ENC Direct layers and merge into 2 feature classes (ENCpoint and ENCpoly). Project both into Web Mercator for comparison to Seamless RNC.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-08 00:00:00

Process Step 9

CC ID: 787752
Description:

Project features originally recorded in NAD27 into NAD83 and replace in CFRdata. Then, project CFR data into Web Mercator for comparison to Seamless RNC.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-07 00:00:00

Process Step 10

CC ID: 787753
Description:

Merge all the source datasets together and reproject into World Mercator.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-12 00:00:00

Process Step 11

CC ID: 787754
Description:

Compare the source layers to the Seamless RNC and look for duplicate features by utilizing a topology to identifying overlaps. When eliminating duplicates, preference should be given to the feature that is most recent, most closely matches the Seamless RNC, and/or has the greatest amount of supporting data. Consideration should also be given to the sources of the features. Features from the CFR should be given precedence, then those from ENC Direct, then the USACE Placement Areas, and lastly, the MC.gov dataset. Features appearing only in the MC.gov dataset were considered outdated and omitted from the final dataset. Duplicates were identified by examining the geographic extent and several key attributes of neighboring features. These key attributes included name, source date, source and primary use.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-11 00:00:00

Process Step 12

CC ID: 787755
Description:

Calculate the area of all features without a pre-populated size attribute via calculate geometry.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-15 00:00:00

Process Step 13

CC ID: 787756
Description:

Compare MC.gov dataset with 40 CFR 228.15 by matching the name, size and general location of each disposal site. Transfer relevant information for changed/added/updated sites to an excel spreadsheet.

Process Date/Time: 2018-06-04 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Type Title
Entity (ENT) Ocean Disposal Sites

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54193
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-10-16 17:59+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-07-02 15:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-23