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City of Newton seeks permit for proposed work in City Hall Ponds in Newton Centre, Massachusetts

USACE, New England District
Published June 15, 2021

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to discharge dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States from the City of Newton Department of Public Works for proposed work in the City Hall Ponds, as well as the Cold Springs and Hammond Brook culverts in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

The proposed work involves grading and the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into approximately 1.0 acres of the City Hall Ponds, as part of the City Hall Ponds Sediment Removal Project. City Hall Ponds is a single in-river impoundment located on Laundry Brook. The purpose for this project is to remove 4 to 6 feet of accumulated sediment from the pond to re-establish the pond capacity and to maintain aesthetic and passive recreational values of the pond. City officials propose to remove approximately 3,270 cubic yards of accumulated sediment from the City Hall Ponds and an additional 330 cubic yards from the upgradient Cold Springs and Hammond Brook culverts. All removed sediment will be permanently disposed at a city-owned off-site upland disposal area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. The comment period opens June 15, 2021.

The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at: https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2021-0356.

Public comments on this proposed work by the Town of West Hartford should be forwarded no later than July 15, 2021, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Paul Sneeringer, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to paul.j.sneeringer@usace.army.mil. Please reference file # NAE-2021-0356.

Bryan Purtell

Release no. 21-029