CONCORD, Mass. – White's Bass River Marine LLC, doing business as Bass River Marina, 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 proposed work at Bass River Marina located on the Bass River (Horsefoot Cove) at 140 Main Street in West Dennis, Mass.
Proposed work and structures at the marina consist of construction and maintenance of several marina floating dock additions totaling 6,989 square feet and accommodating up to 39 vessels. A total of forty-two 12-inch diameter timber piles will be driven as part of installation of the additional floats. Work between the town boat ramp and the marina consists of construction and maintenance of an 8-foot by 334-foot boardwalk (210 linear feet over the mean high water line, MHWL). A total of fifty-six 12-inch diameter timber piles (20 piles in upland) will be driven to construct the boardwalk.
Work adjacent to the town boat ramp consists of construction and maintenance of an 8-foot by 51-foot pier, 8-foot by 16-foot terminal platform, 4-foot by 80-foot ramp, 12-foot by 24-foot landing float, and an 8-foot by 176-foot long float system. A total of thirty-two 12-inch diameter timber piles (6 piles in upland) will be driven for the pier, ramp and floats. Work in the Outer Channel (dredge area A) consists of dredging 2,065 cubic yards for a 60-foot by 900-foot long channel (53,766 square feet at toe of slope) with a side slope of 3H:1V and a depth of -6 mean low water (MLW).
Proposed work in the Marina Basin (dredge area B) consists of dredging 11,985 cubic yards, for a 204,090 square feet (at toe of slope) marina basin with a side slope of 3H:1V and to a depth of -6 MLW. Work in the Boat Ramp Channel (dredge area C) consists of dredging 4,825 cubic yards for a 60-foot by 450-foot long channel (25,699 square feet at toe of slope) with a side slope of 3H:1V and a depth of -6 MLW.
The applicant proposes that project impacts have been minimized to the extent possible, impacting the minimum area of tidal waters in order to ensure safe navigation, public access and marina expansion. The dredge footprint avoids salt marsh. Structures over the marsh have lH:1W ratio. Turbidity curtains will be used during all dredging activities. Project work vessels would be from local ports. All work will occur during the Massachusetts DMF time of year work window from Nov. 16 to Feb. 15. All dredged material will be disposed of at an off-site, upland location.
This project may impact 325,932 square feet of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. Habitat at this site is sand with minor areas of silt. There is no reported submerged aquatic vegetation in the project area. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect species that use these waters and substrate. 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 work proposed by White's Bass River Marine LLC, can be viewed on the Corps website at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments on this work proposed by White's Bass River Marine LLC (file # NAE-2016-02762) should be forwarded no later than March 22, 2018 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Sarah Wilkinson), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Sarah Wilkinson at 978-318-8513 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: email@example.com.