send comments to the Army Corps of Engineers by August 9

MohawkHarborRendering

the Mohawk Harbor “embayment”

– click to see Galesi Group’s sales Brochure about Mohawk Harbor

On July 10, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [“USACE”] began a 30-day Public Comment Period on the application of Maxon ALCO Holdings, LLC (a/k/a Galesi Group), for its Mohawk Harbor project at the old ALCO site along the Mohawk River, which includes a marina with a man-made bay.  Maxon ALCO seeks a permit to dredge and discharge fill materials “to facilitate the creation of an embayment, and the widening and stabilization of the river, and the installation of seasonal pier assemblies.” The application mentions that this will be a mixed-use commercial and residential development, with no mention of the possible inclusion of a casino, which may not affect the marina portion of the project.

If you are concerned that the construction at the ALCO site may impact the River in a way that harms or threatens the Stockade (or your particular property or block), by increasing the risk of flooding or ice jams, you should consider writing to voice your concerns. There are three pages of text and 15 pages of submitted drawings in the Complete Public Notice. The textual portion is worth reading, especially if you think you would like to comment.

Comments must be received by August 9, here: dontforgettack

ATTN: Brad Sherwood

  Army Corps of Engineers
New York District, CENAN-OP-R
Upstate Regulatory Field Office
1 Buffington Street, Bldg. 10, 3rd Floor
Watervliet, New York 12189-4000

– or by email to Brad.Sherwood@usace.army.mil

In replying refer to:
Public Notice Number: NAN-2013-01 078

Most of us do not have any technical information or expertise that might aid the USACE, but the Corps wants to hear of our concerns and our assessment of how the risk should be balanced against any benefits to the public from the project, and how much additional risk of damage to the Stockade is acceptable.

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– ice floes jammed along Riverside Park – March 2011 –

Among the factors the Corps will consider are (emphases added):

conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.”

The USACE webpage for the Mohawk Harbor permit request is HERE.

2 thoughts on “send comments to the Army Corps of Engineers by August 9

  1. Hopefully the Army Corps of Engineers will consider what ice flows on the Mohawk can do to a casino, hotel or marina on the Mohawk. The Stockade section has seen 18″ blocks of ice pushed into the park in recent years.

    William Poppino 518-374-5410
    1027 Hickory Rd. Schenectady, NY 12309

    • Thank you for raising an important point, William. If the Corps of Engineers would like to see the kinds of ice jams we get along the Stockade section of the Mohawk River, I suggest they take a look at the photobook, Jamming on the Mohawk. They may be beautiful, but they also present a significant danger for Stockade residents and property.

      For images of sections of Riverside Park and the Stockade, see the posting “with and without Irene“, and linked webposts.

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