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Applicant seeks Corps permit to impact U.S. waters to install boat access to Connecticut River in Old Saybrook

Published March 18, 2014

CONCORD, Mass. – Mark Flynn 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 installing boat access to the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, Conn.


The permit applicant proposes to install a total of approximately 376 feet of new post and timber walkway within a large tidal wetland complex located off of property at 88 Ayers Point Road in Old Saybrook. The purpose of the proposed project is for personal recreational boat access to the Connecticut River.


Currently, there exists in the marsh an approximately 20-foot section of grate-decked walkway and another approximately 20 feet of undecked, uncompleted walkway footings that the proposed structures will connect to along the transect. Taken together, the existing section and all of the proposed structures will be approximately 406 feet in length, and will transect a large tidal marsh complex located in the Lower Connecticut River.


This work is proposed in the tidal wetland and Hyde Point Creek in the Lower Connecticut River. The Connecticut River and its tidal marshes have been named as an internationally significant wetland designated under the RAMSAR Convention for its value to the nation.


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.


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 proposed work (file # NAE-2007-18) should be forwarded no later than April 17, 2014 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Paula Kullberg), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Paula Kullberg at 978-318-8170 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: paula.g.kullberg@usace.army.mil.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2014-027