Project Share Seeks Permits for ME Salmon Habitat Improvement

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project SHARE seeks permit to place fill, structures for Atlantic salmon habitat enhancement project

Posted 7/3/2017

Release no. 17-066
Tim Dugan  978-318-8264

CONCORD, Mass. Project SHARE of Eastport, Maine, is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with an Atlantic salmon enhancement project in China, Devereaux Twp & T28 MD, and Crawford, Maine.

This work is proposed in the West Branch Sheepscot River in China; in the Narraguagus River in Devereaux Twp. & T28 MD; and in Barrows Stream in Crawford.

The applicant proposes to place fill/structures below the ordinary high water line of the West Branch  Sheepscot River in China; the Narraguagus  River in Devereaux Twp. & T28 MD; and Barrows Stream in Crawford in conjunction with an Atlantic salmon rearing habitat enhancement project. The fill/structures consist of Post Assisted Log Structures (PALS) and Large Woody Debris (LWD/Griphoist). Eighty-eight  PALS will  be placed in the West Branch Sheepscot River to enhance 1,961 meters of river; eighty-seven PALS in the Narraguagus to enhance 1,938 meters of river; and 156 LWD in Barrows Stream to enhance 1,562 meters of stream.

This work may impact Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for Atlantic salmon. This habitat consists of stream bottom composed of mixed sand, gravel, cobble and boulders. Long-term impact to this species is expected to be minimal with appropriate erosion control measures, in stream work windows and other best management practices. Therefore, the Corps has made a preliminary determination that the site-specific adverse effect will be minimal. Further consultation with the federal resource agencies regarding EFH conservation recommendations is being conducted and will be concluded prior to the final permit decision. Similarly, consultation will be initiated regarding the presence of salmon as they are a federally listed endangered species.

The application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps of Engineers in compliance 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 can be viewed at www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.

Public comments referencing this permit request by Project SHARE (File # NAE-2017-1092) should be forwarded no later than July 17, 2017 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Maine Project Office (ATTN: Shawn Mahaney), 675 Western Ave., #3, Manchester, Maine 04351. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Shawn Mahaney at 207-623-8367 or 978-318-8492 or by email to shawn.b.mahaney@usace.army.mil.