Coast Guard Academy seeks maintenance dredging permit

New London - The Coast Guard Academy is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove and replace broken pile and timber piers and do maintenance dredging in the channel between the academy and the Thames River.

The academy also is seeking to dredge around its boat basin and to dispose of the material at the Central Long Island Sound disposal site, the Army Corps said Tuesday in a news release.

The dredging would impact about four acres of "Essential Fish Habitat," and the pier replacement would impact about 2.37 acres of this habitat, the corps said. Its preliminary determination is that the effects would not be substantial, however, but the corps is consulting with the National Marine Fisheries Service about conservation recommendations before making a final decision on the permit. The corps said removal of the piles would benefit about 2.04 acres of fish habitat.

Information on the proposed project can be found at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. Public comments should be sent by Aug. 15 to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; New England District; Regulatory Division (ATTN: Diane Ray); 696 Virginia Road; Concord, MA 01742-2751. Information can also be obtained by calling Permit Project Manager Diane Ray at (978) 318-8831 or at (800) 343-4789 or by sending an email to: diane.m.ray@usace.army.mil.

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