CONCORD, Mass. – The city of Milford is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with relocating sand from the western reach of Gulf Beach to the eastern end in Milford, Conn.
The project involves the relocation of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of sand from the western reach of Gulf Beach to the eastern end. This work is proposed in Long Island Sound on Gulf Beach in Milford.
The sand removal portion of the project will impact approximately 45,000 square feet of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. Habitat at this site can be described as having a sandy substrate closer to shore, and transitioning to a silty/clay substrate near mean low water. No submerged aquatic vegetation is present.
Loss of this habitat may adversely affect certain species within the project area. 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 Essential Fish Habitat 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 of Engineers 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 United States; and with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in United States waters, including wetlands. The public notice can be viewed on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil. Select Regulatory/Permitting and then weekly public notices.
Public comments on the Corps permit review (File # NAE-2003-776) should be forwarded no later than Aug. 19, 2011 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Amy Bourne), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Amy Bourne at 978-318-8651 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: email@example.com.
Release no. 2011-069