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Posted 4/25/2017

Release no. 17-037


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Tim Dugan
978-318-8264
cenae-pa@usace.army.mil

CONCORD, Mass.Goodwin College is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to impact waters of the U.S. in conjunction with constructing a commercial marina and doing other work in East Hartford, Conn.

 

The proposed project involves removing the following structures: an existing authorized platform, an existing fixed pier and 10 dolphin piles. Work also includes constructing a 32-slip commercial marina. Thirteen of the proposed floats will be anchored by three 18-inch piles. The public notice located on the Corps website details the construction plan. This work is proposed in the Connecticut River at 125, 133, 195 and 211 Riverside Drive in East Hartford.

 

The proposed project will impact approximately 1.5 acres of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) located in a project area with a substrate of primarily mud/silt. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect various species and life stages. However, the Corps has made a preliminary determination that the site-specific adverse effect will not be substantial. Further consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding EFH conservation recommendations is being conducted and will be concluded prior to the final permit decision.

 

The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. Comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and other public interest factors.

 

The application for the federal permit was filed by Goodwin College with the Corps of Engineers in compliance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, which provides for federal regulation of any work in, or affecting navigable waters of the U.S. The public notice can be viewed on the Corps website at: www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.

                                                                                   

Public comments on the work proposed by Goodwin College (file #NAE-2015-01765) should be forwarded no later than May 26, 2017 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Lindsay Flieger), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA  01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Lindsay Flieger at 978-318-8656 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: lindsay.flieger@usace.army.mil.