CONCORD, Mass. – The town of Old Saybrook is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. to replace a pier and dock and do other work in Old Saybrook, Conn. The work is located at the intersection of Ferry Road and Clark Street in Old Saybrook. This work is proposed in the Connecticut River.
The proposed work involves the removal of the existing pier and dock configuration and the construction of an approximately 218 linear foot by 8-foot wide, pile-supported fixed timber pier; the installation of ten, 8-foot by 20-foot floating docks with associated 3.5-foot by 22-foot ramps and associated piles; the installation of 25 fender tie-off piles; the installation of a 10-foot wide by approximately 100-foot long floating dock with associated 6-foot by 22-foot ramp anchored by two, 3 batter-braced pile float restraints. The proposed work will extend to a point approximately 250-feet beyond Mean High Water (MHW).
The purpose of the proposed project is to create a municipal pier and dock in support of commercial fishing and recreational boating.
The proposed project will impact approximately 0.60± acres of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect these species. 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 application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps 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, with more specifics on the proposed work by the town of Old Saybrook, can be viewed on the Corps website at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments on this work proposed by the town of Old Saybrook (file # NAE-2012-00790) should be forwarded no later than Dec. 14, 2017 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Michael Wierbonics), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751; or contact Permit Project Manager Michael Wierbonics at 978-318-8723 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Release no. 17-127