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MassDOT seeks USACE permit for proposed work in tributary and vegetated wetlands in New Braintree

Posted on February 20, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation – Highway Division in Boston for proposed work in an unnamed tributary to
Winimusset Brook and vegetated wetlands at Ravine Road in New Braintree, Mass.

Although this proposed project is eligible for review under the General Permits for Massachusetts (MA GPs), the work is not expected to be complete until after the MA GPs expire on April 5, 2023. The applicant is therefore seeking an individual permit to allow more time to complete the work. The proposed work involves the permanent discharge of 667 square feet of fill material below the Ordinary High-Water mark of an unnamed tributary to Winimusset Brook, and 200 square feet within vegetated wetlands, associated with the replacement of two existing culvert crossings conveying the stream below Ravine Road. The existing upstream crossing consists of a plastic pipe with concrete headwall, while the downstream crossing consists of two pipe arches with fieldstone masonry headwall. Both crossings will be replaced with new 23-feet-wide open bottom bridge spans. The stream channel below the new bridges will be reconstructed with rip-rap overtopped with natural streambed material.

USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies;
American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this
proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at, file # NAE-2021-02624. Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than March 16, 2023, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Dan Vasconcelos, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to Please reference file # NAE-2021-02624.


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