As described in the attached Public Notice, the Land Learning Foundation has requested approval for an in-lieu fee (ILF) mitigation project in Lincoln County, Missouri. The project site encompasses approximately 80+/- acres and contains the Cuivre River within the boundaries. The Land Learning Foundation refers to this project as the Cuivre River site, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has designated this project as MVS-2019-110. The project proposes to restore, protect, and maintain 11,082 linear feet of perennial stream channel with wooded corridor, one acre of emergent wetland and grass buffer along the Cuivre River. The restored and preserved corridor will generally extend 175 feet perpendicular from the channel banks. This consists of tree plantings and the removal of any invasive species.
The project consists of bank stabilization and riparian restoration and preservation. There are 6,100 feet of actively eroding bank within the project limits. Bank stabilization will use a combination of rock vanes, longitudinal peak stone toe protection, rock jetties, live vegetative staking, and brush layering. The project will also incorporate engineered rock riffles and hardened grade control structures. These will protect the entire length of the site from incision and head-cutting, help protect the bank stabilization efforts, and restore historic channel features. A full technical description can be found in the attached plan. The project also includes the restoration of 0.635 acres of emergent wetland and 0.404 acres of grass wetland buffer. The Land Learning Foundation would make the stream and wetland credits available to Department of the Army permittees seeking to fulfill requirements to purchase compensatory mitigation credit, to offset losses of aquatic functions and services.
The Corps solicits your comment on the proposed mitigation project. Responses are due to this office no later than October 15, 2019.