Following the submission of a permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April, Phase 1 of the Herring River Restoration Project is now under review by eight state and federal agencies, including Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The recent filings build on prior success. The Project completed state and federal environmental impact assessments in 2016, and received approval from the Cape Cod Commission as a Development of Regional Impact in 2020. Already one of the most carefully studied projects of its kind, the detailed project plans are now going through additional rigorous environmental reviews to demonstrate compliance with a range of state and federal environmental standards in place to protect wetlands, fisheries, avian and wildlife habitat, rare species, public access, public health and safety, navigation and public acces to tidelands.
Later this year Project applications for wetlands permitting will be submitted to the Wellfleet and Truro Conservation Commissions, respectively.