CONCORD, Mass. – The city of Milford, Department of Public Works 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 construction projects proposed in Milford, Conn. This work is proposed in the Housatonic River on Milford Point Road in Milford.
The proposed work involves the construction of a boardwalk (7 feet x 340 feet) and a sidewalk (4 feet x 340 feet). Additionally, a 1,100-foot portion of Milford Point Road will be elevated and a 350-foot long retaining wall will be installed adjacent to the road. There also will be the replacement of a 12-inch outfall with an 18-inch outfall and two 8-foot wide drainage swales will be created with associated 12-inch culverts.
Approximately 175 cubic yards of material will be discharged below the high tide line in approximately 1,965 square feet of tidal wetlands. The applicant has stated that the project has avoided and minimized impacts to the maximum extent possible. The applicant has proposed compensatory mitigation in the form of restoring approximately 16,650 square feet of tidal wetlands in conjunction with purchasing Connecticut In-Lieu Fee mitigation credits.
The proposed project will have an adverse effect on .045 acre of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). This habitat consists of conglomerate of sand, silt and clay within an estuarine intertidal emergent wetland. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect species that use these waters and substrate. The Corps has made a preliminary determination that site-specific impacts may be substantial. Accordingly, the Corps will submit an expanded EFH assessment to the National Marine Fisheries Service, who in turn will provide conservation recommendations to the Corps. The Corps has coordinated with the applicant regarding implementation of these recommendations. The EFH consultation 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.; and 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, with more information on the work proposed by the city of Milford, Department of Public Works, can be reviewed on the Corps website at: www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments on the work proposed by the city of Milford, Department of Public Works (file # NAE-2016-00357) should be forwarded no later than Sept. 26, 2018 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Taylor Bell), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Taylor Bell at 978-318-8952 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: email@example.com.