MassDOT Seeks Dredging Permit on Martha’s Vineyard

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct bridge work in an area of Oak Bluffs and Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard.

MassDOT is proposing to discharge fill material into approximately 0.37 acre of waters, including wetlands, associated with the replacement of the bridge connecting Beach Road over Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs and Tisbury.

The project will impact roughly 0.18 acre of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for various species and life stages. The habitat consists primarily of sand plus areas of salt marsh and eel grass. Loss of this habitat may adversely affect these species. However, the Corps has made a preliminary determination that the adverse effect will not be substantial. Further consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding EFH conservation recommendations is being conducted.

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