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E-M:/ RE: Comments on Corps Proposed permit for "beach grooming"



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Enviro-Mich message from "Grenetta Thomassey" <grenetta@watershedcouncil.org>
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Hello everyone, 
 
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ATTACH THE SIGN ON LETTER TO ENVIRO-MICH BECAUSE IT, PLUS THIS EMAIL TEXT, EXCEED THE KB LIMITS FOR THE LIST SERVE.  HOWEVER, READ BELOW AND IF YOU WANT TO SIGN ON TO OUR LETTER, WE WILL SEND IT TO YOU SEPARATELY.

 

The Corps has public noticed their Regional Permit which has new additions for shoreline management activities (i.e. "beach grooming").  You can access the proposed Regional Permit at http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/functions/rf/html/ctny/902000050.pdf.  After review, we feel reasonable modifications can be made to the proposed Regional Permit for Minor Work, Structures and Discharges of Dredged and Fill Material In Michigan that will serve to meet the goals of the Corps and shoreline property owners while protecting the public interest and protect coastal wetlands.   Primary recommendations include:

 

*	Clarifying language to ensure activities take place in areas free of vegetation 
*	Clarifying area in which work is authorized (activities should not be authorized in areas exposed by temporary low water periods such as storm surges and seiches) 
*	Limiting the number times per season grooming is allowed 
*	Limiting the amount of sand to be relocated by leveling to 25 cubic yards (maximum) per lot 
*	Limiting the amount of fill for construction of a path to 25 cubic yards of material for a path 6 feet in bottom width and 50 cubic yards for a path 12 feet in bottom width  

 

Please provide comments to the Corps so we can strengthen the proposed permit to protect our coastal wetlands.  The deadline for comments for the regional permit (File No. 90-200-005-0) is March 8, 2007.   Comments can be mailed to:

 

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regulatory Office - Room 603
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit MI 48226-2518 

 

Or FAX Number: (313) 226-6763

 

While individual comments are preferred, we also have a sign-on letter in support of the recommendations listed above.   To read the sign-on letter, please send either of us an email and we'll send it to you to review and sign with your organization's name as well as the name and title of the signatory. The deadline for signing on is Wednesday, March 7, 2007. 

 

Thanks for your support and assistance.    

 

 

Jennifer McKay, Policy Specialist

Grenetta Thomassey, Policy Director

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

426 Bay Street 

Petoskey, MI 49770

PH: 231-347-1181 ext. 114

FX: 231-347-5928

Email: jenniferm@watershedcouncil.org

www.watershedcouncil.org

 

 


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