CONCORD, Mass. – RAP Riverside Drive, LLC 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 removing structures, dredging and disposal, and installing two docks in Old Saybrook, Conn.
The proposed work by RAP Riverside Drive, LLC involves removing derelict piles/structures, including concrete retaining walls that outline the location of the proposed boat ramp; constructing a 16-foot-wide by 116-foot-long pre-cast concrete boat launch ramp; dredging a 30,000-square-foot area to – 5 feet mean low water involving 4,000 cubic yards of material with disposal at either the New London Disposal Site or the Central Long Island Sound Disposal Site and capped with suitable sediment; and installing and maintaining two docks on either side of the launch ramp.
The slip capacity of the marina will be 17. This work is proposed in the Connecticut River off of property located at 18 Riverside Avenue in Old Saybrook.
The proposed project will impact approximately 30,000 square feet of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. Habitat at this site can be described as silt, sand and gravel. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect these species. 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 United States; 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 specifics on the proposed work, can be viewed on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments on this proposal by RAP Riverside Drive, LLC (file # NAE-2008-2185) should be forwarded no later than Aug. 23, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Diane Ray), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Diane Ray at 978-318-8831 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: email@example.com.