CONCORD, Mass. – Norwalk Cove 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 the marina in Norwalk, Connecticut. This work is proposed in the Norwalk Harbor at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk.
The proposed work involves: 1) The removal of the following existing floating docks: one 10-foot wide by 210-foot long, one 10-foot wide by 130-foot long, three 10-foot wide by 80-foot long, one 10-foot wide by 65-foot long, two 10-foot wide by 60-foot long, and one 14-foot by 20-foot; 2) The installation of the following floating docks: one 12-foot wide by 82-foot long, one 12-foot wide by 230-foot long, one 12-foot wide by 185-foot long, one 10-foot wide by 80-foot long, one 10-foot wide by 70-foot long, four 5-foot wide by 60-foot long, and two 10-foot wide by 120-foot long; 3) The removal of 25 existing timber piles; 4) The installation of approximately 70 new timber piles; 5) The installation of associated utilities, pedestals, and dock hardware.
This proposed work will expand the existing South Dock footprint of Norwalk Cove Marina from 14 slips and 9,130 square feet to 28 slips and 15,264 square feet. The proposed expansion is to increase the amount of boat slips available to larger vessels at the marina.
The proposed project will impact .35 acre of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). This habitat consists of intertidal and subtidal areas. 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 Norwalk Cove Marina, can be viewed on the Corps website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices/.
Public comments on the proposed work by Norwalk Cove Marina (file # NAE-2007-00457) should be forwarded no later than Jan. 23, 2020 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Christina Comeau), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Christina Comeau at 978-318-8705 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: email@example.com.