Corps taking comments on boat ramp project at Confluence

BUFORD The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, is taking comments on a permit application from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for construction of a new low-water boat ramp at the Confluence area, about 1 1/2 miles south of Buford in Williams County.

The permit application is being considered under the Rivers and Harbor Act and Clean Water Act because the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers are navigable waters and the project would result in the discharge of dredged and fill material into those waters.

The proposed boat ramp would provide public boating access during low flow periods. It would be constructed about 500 feet east of the existing boat ramp.

The Corps’ North Dakota Regulatory Office in Bismarck is taking comments until March 12.

Regional general permit pending

The Corps’ Omaha District also proposes to reissue Regional General Permit 9601-06 for work associated with emergency flood-related activities. The Corps proposes to reissue the RGP for five years. The reissuance of the permit is in accordance with federal law.

Authorized activities would include, but are not limited to, repair, construction and reconstruction of new and existing roads, temporary levee construction, levee repair, bridge embankment repair, protection and/or repair of utility structures, placement of suitable rock and/or dirt fill for bank stabilization, and the construction of temporary drainage ditches.

The Corps’ N.D. Regulatory Office is taking comments until March 23. The office’s can be contacted by calling 255-0015 or emailing Matthew Mikulecky, acting Regulatory Program manager at