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Town of Phillips seeks Corps permit to place fill to replace undersized metal pipe with larger culvert in Phillips

Published March 15, 2017

CONCORD, Mass. – The town of Phillips is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with the replacement of an existing undersized metal pipe with a larger culvert in Phillips, Maine.


The town of Phillips proposes the placement of permanent and temporary fill below the ordinary high water line of the unnamed tributary to the Sandy River off of Bridge Street in Phillips in conjunction with the replacement of an existing undersized 6.5-foot diameter metal pipe with a new 18-foot wide by 36-foot long precast open bottom box culvert.


The box footings will be embedded in the natural stream sutstrate, placed at the natural stream slope, and armored to minimize scour and erosion. Dewatering the work site will require the installation of temporary coffer dams. The project will result in approximately 300 square feet of permanent and 1,300 square feet of temporary stream bed impact. 


The placement of fill and instream work is limited to that which is necessary to conduct the work required for project completion. As such, impacts to the resources have been minimized to the maximum extent practicable while allowing for the intended purpose. All disturbed areas associated with the installation will be restored, post installation of the new culvert. No mitigation for resource impacts has been proposed or required.


The application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps of Engineers in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in U.S. waters, including wetlands. The public notice can be viewed at


Public comments referencing this permit request by the town of Phillips (File # NAE-2016-01444) should be forwarded no later than April 12, 2017 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office (ATTN: LeeAnn Neal), 675 Western Ave., #3, Manchester, Maine 04351. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager LeeAnn Neal at 207-623-8367 Ext. 2 or by email to

Tim Dugan

Release no. 17-016