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EPA seeks comment to withdraw Pebble Mine from Clean Water Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to withdraw its July 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination that would, if finalized, have imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with the potential Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, EPA said in a press release.

Construction starts on Boat House

Construction started on Sept. 6 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the The Boat House Maritime Pavillion on the Homer Spit at the site of the old harbormaster’s office. Last week, contractors began pouring the foundation for the shelter and gathering space at the Homer Harbor. Miranda Weiss, organizer of the project, said most of the work should be done this fall, with final touches being completed next spring. Bay Welding will begin work on a mast to cap off the pavillion’s maritime design.

ADF&G holds planning team meeting on Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat plan revision

An Alaska Department of Fish and Game planning team holds a meeting for revisions to the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas Management Plan. The meeting is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Conference Room, 2181 Kachemak Drive. According to a public notice, the meeting is an agency staff working meeting and will be open for members of the public to observe for the purpose of maintaining transparency in the plan revision process. However, there will not be opportunities for the public to participate in the discussion.

Corps seeks comments on China Poot dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on a proposed 125-foot long floating dock, a 100-foot long aluminum gangway and a 607-foot long timber boardwalk to be built below the mean high water mark on the north shore of China Poot Bay. The applicant, Gail Fisher of China Bay LLC, Santa Barbara, Calif., seeks a permit for the projects as part of a development of a commercial lodge and private home for the owners. Fisher proposes construction of the dock to start in October. However, the date for comments was extended from Oct. 3 to a new date of Nov. 2.

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