Rep. Morrison urges public input on wetland proposal

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, June 13, 2013

STATEHOUSE – The Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) is in the process of establishing 95.6 acres of historic wetlands located in Newport, Vermillion County. Currently, ACE is accepting public input regarding the additional acres, and State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute), who represents all of Vermillion County, is urging public support on this matter.

“This is a major project for Vermillion County which will affect the economy, recreation and the environment, so I encourage everyone to consider the pros and cons of this prospective development and respond to this request for public input,” said Rep. Morrison. “The Army Corps of Engineers announced that any comment will be considered and used as the basis for halting the project, moving it forward or modifying it, so I urge everyone affected by this proposal to make their voices heard.”

According to public notice released by ACE, the 95.6 acres of wetland would develop the Vermillion Rise Mitigation Bank near Johnathon Creek and the Little Vermillion River. If approved, the proposal would authorize the Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority to re-establish and convert the current cropland to drained hydric soils, new seed mixes and other native wetland vegetation. The proposal would also establish a hydrologic connection to Little Vermillion River headwater tributaries for wet prairie, sedge meadow and other emerging wetlands.

Under the proposal, an additional 37.5 acres would be established to protect water quality known as vegetated buffer. Based on all available information released by ACE, the wetland mitigation would not destroy or jeopardize any threatened or endangered species including their habitats, as defined under the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, the National Register of Historic Places has been examined, and it has been established that no current property listings would be directly affected by the proposal.

For official consideration, input must be received by Monday, July 8, 2013, and responses can be submitted via mail or email.

• Address mailed responses to:

       Mr. Max Hagan, CELRL-OP-FN, Rm 752
       P.O. Box 59
       Louisville, KY 46201-0059

1. Refer to the Public Notice Number: LRL-2012-520-cmh

• Email responses must comply with the following:

1. In the subject line of your email, only type: LRL-2012-520-cmh 
2. Provide your physical mailing address and telephone number
3. Send your email to:lrl.regulatorypubliccomment@usace.army.mil 
4. For attachments greater than 1 Mb, send a hard copy (CD or paper) to the physical mailing address listed above

“This is a decision that requires input from Vermillion County residents. If this is something that you feel strongly about, I encourage you to write a letter or email the Army Corps of Engineers letting them know how you feel,” said Rep. Morrison.

Visit www.lrl.usace.army.mil and click on the Missions link provided on the homepage for more information on the wetland proposal.

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