TERRE HAUTE —
The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public input for 95.6 acres of historic wetlands it is establishing in Newport.
According to public notice released by the Corps, 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 vegetated buffer to protect water quality.
According to the Corps, wetland mitigation would not destroy or jeopardize any threatened or endangered species including their habitats, as defined under the Endangered Species Act.
The Corps said it also has examined the National Register of Historic Places and has found that no current property listings would be directly affected by the proposal.
For official consideration, input must be received by July 8.
To respond by regular mail, refer to Public Notice Number: LRL-2012-520-cmh and send your response to: Max Hagan, CELRL-OP-FN, Rm 752, P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 46201-0059
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For more information on the wetlands proposal, visit www.lrl.usace.army.mil and click on the Missions link.