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E-M:/ Army Corps takes comment on controversial after-the-fact wetland permit at Elk Rapids



Beginning today, the public will have a chance to comment on an After-The-Fact (ATF) permit submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by representatives of the Elk Rapids Preserve housing development.
 
According to the project description outlined in the Preserve's current ATF request, "the permit application requests permission to fill 183,105 square feet of recently classified federal jurisdictional wetlands. To offset the impacts, the applicant proposes to create wetland from upland and place a conservation easement on a total of 347,171 square feet," outlined in a mitigation summary. The ATF permit is requested because fill activities had already begun prior to the Corps halting work at the site in spring 2002.
 
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