CONCORD, Mass. – Quinnipiac River Marina, LLC, and Great Oak Realty, LLC, are 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 expanding the existing Quinnipiac River Marina in New Haven, Conn.
The applicants propose expanding Quinnipiac River Marina at 307 and 315 Front Street in New Haven. The project purpose is to increase availability of public access to Quinnipiac River. Work involves installing four new commercial docks parallel to the shore on the north side of the marina. To accommodate this expansion, five existing finger docks will be removed from the north facing side, and three new fingers will be added.
The current facility is capable of berthing approximately 57 vessels. With the proposed expansion project, the marina will accommodate up to 88 vessels. The additional docks will also accommodate dingy and Jet Ski tie-ups; no additional piers or ramps are proposed. The marina expansion will extend about 240 feet east beyond mean high water (MHW), and about 180 feet north.
The proposed project will impact approximately 1.0 acre of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. The project site is located about 1.4 nautical miles upstream of the I-95 bridge. The habitat consists of a developed shorefront, an intertidal rubble shoreline, and a sub-tidal mucky bottom. A shellfish bed resides under part of the marina expansion project. To accommodate for future (potential) shell fishing, the newly proposed docks will incorporate utility break-way provisions for temporary removal. The Corps has made a preliminary determination that the site-specific adverse effect on EFH 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. The public notice, with more specifics on the work, can be viewed on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Public comments on this work proposed by Quinnipiac River Marina, LLC and Great Oak Realty, LLC, (file # NAE- 2011-1969) should be forwarded no later than Sept. 11, 2013 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Michael Narcisi), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Michael Narcisi at 978-318-8454 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.