CONCORD, Mass. – The Maine Department of Transportation 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 repairing a culvert beneath Route 2 in Winn, Maine.
The Maine Department of Transportation proposes to place temporary and permanent fill material below the ordinary high water line of Houston Brook and in adjacent freshwater wetlands in Winn, Maine, in order to slip line an existing deteriorated culvert beneath Route 2.
The proposed project will result in approximately 120 square feet of permanent and 1,200 square feet of temporary stream bed impact, and 800 square feet of temporary wetland impact.
This proposed work is designed to maintain critical transportation infrastructure, ensure public safety, and protect the economic vitality of Maine’s transportation network.
In-water construction at the site will impact Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for Atlantic salmon. This habitat consists of stream bed composed of cobbles and boulders interspersed with smaller stones, silt, sand, and gravel. The Corps has made a preliminary determination that the site-specific adverse effect will be minimal. Further consultation with the federal resource agencies regarding EFH conservation recommendations is being conducted and will be concluded prior to the final permit decision. Similarly, consultation will be initiated regarding the presence of salmon as they are a federally listed endangered species
The application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps 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 www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments referencing this permit request by the Maine Department of Transportation (File # NAE-2016-02549) should be forwarded no later than Aug. 7, 2017 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office (ATTN: Jay Clement), 675 Western Ave., #3, Manchester, Maine 04351. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Jay Clement at 207-623-8367 or by email to email@example.com.