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Applicant seeks Corps of Engineers permit to construct timber pier, do other work in the Gulf River in Cohasset

Published July 23, 2013

CONCORD, Mass. – Maryann Murphy 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 constructing a timber pier and doing other work in Cohasset, Mass.


The proposed work includes installing a 535-foot by 4-foot pile-supported timber pier, with an 8-foot by 6-foot seating area, a 24-foot by 3-foot gangway, and a 12-foot by 24-foot chain-anchored float. The work is proposed in the Gulf River at 33 Cedar Lane in Cohasset, Mass.


The proposed project will impact 2,548 square feet of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. This habitat consists of salt marsh and sandy/mucky substrate within the Gulf River. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect these species through shading impacts. 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 a 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 United States. The public notice can be viewed on the Corps website at


Public comments on the proposed work (file # NAE-2013-00964) should be forwarded no later than Aug. 22, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Richard Kristoff), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Richard Kristoff at 978-318-8171 or by email to:

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2013-065