CONCORD, Mass. – The Lake Champlain Transportation Company 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 expand and maintain an existing marina in Burlington Bay in Burlington, Vermont.
Lake Champlain Transportation Company proposes to expand and maintain an existing commercial marina and reconfigure existing ferry slips in Burlington Bay of Lake Champlain off of King Street in Burlington. The applicant proposes to place fill material and perform work within navigable waters for the expansion of an existing docking facility, the reconfiguration of existing ferry slips, maintenance dredging and reconstruction of an existing retaining wall at an existing commercial facility.
Proposed work includes: expand and maintain the existing docking facility; reconfigure the existing ferry slips; reconstruct the existing retaining wall; and perform maintenance dredging. Work on the retaining wall will consist of the repair of about 130 linear feet of wall in the southeast corner of the basin. About 198 cubic yards of fill will be placed below ordinary high water, and about 342 square feet of lake bottom will be filled. About 107 square feet of lake bottom will be restored by the work.
Maintenance dredging will be performed in an approximately 9,350-square-foot area within the basin to a depth of approximately 8 feet below the horizontal plane of mean low water. An estimated quantity of approximately 886 cubic yards of sand and silt will be removed by mechanical means. The dredged material will be disposed of at an upland, non-wetland location offsite.
The docks will be removed from the lake and stored on the upland during the non-boating season. The purpose of the project is to provide additional dockage for restaurant customers and transient boaters, and relocate ferry slips for easier and safer ferry dockage.
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; and 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 Lake Champlain Transportation Company, 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 Lake Champlain Transportation Company (file # NAE-2008-2790) should be forwarded no later than Sept. 6, 2018 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Vermont Project Office (ATTN: Michael Adams), 11 Lincoln Street, Room 210, Essex Junction, Vermont. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Michael Adams at 802-872-2893 or 978-318-8485 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.