Corps seeks comments regarding park project

INDEPENDENCE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comment on issuance of a federal permit for Independence to continue working on its forthcoming park north of downtown.

INDEPENDENCE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comment on issuance of a federal permit for Independence to continue working on its forthcoming park north of downtown.

The Oregon Army National Guard has done grade work on 67 acres of land -- the North Riverfront Ballfield and a new boat ramp -- off Highway 51 during the past two summers.

The boat facility would have capacity for 32 boating trailers and 13 cars, and include a 224-foot-by-26«-foot ramp.

According to a notice by the Corps of Engineers, construction at the site began prior to the city receiving a Department of the Army permit needed for work near waterways, in this case the Willamette River.

This resulted in fill material being placed within some spots considered wetlands, the notice said. That dirt has since been removed, while fences are now erected around wetland boundaries to prevent additional impacts.

The Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment until Aug. 19 from citizens that will be considered in issuing a permit.

Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kristen Hafer, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946.

For more information: 503-808-4387 or Kristen.A.Hafer@usace.army.mil.

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