The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking a permit to discharge tens of thousands of cubic yards of fill material into waterways and wetlands for the construction of Interstate 69 Section 6.

This, as well as a plan a plan to mitigate the effects of the discharge, was included in a public notice sent to residents living near the affected areas in May.

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permits to be issued for projects that will discharge fill material into waters of the United States. The public must be given a chance to comment on projects that will impact more than one acre, said Deborah Duda Snyder, regulatory project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that oversees the permit application process and sent out the public notice.

“The purpose of 404 is to protect the integrity of our nation’s waters,” Snyder said. “It’s to ensure waters are not impacted without purpose and need, and if there are large impacts, they are mitigated.”

The permit application for the I-69 Section 6 project proposed discharging 24,874 cubic yards of fill material into parts of Stotts Creek, Crooked Creek, Bluff Creek, Travis Creek, the White River and other unnamed tributaries. In addition, 13,816 cubic yards of fill material would be discharged into 2.54 acres of open water and wetlands at six separate crossings.

The fill material will consist of dirt referred to as clean earthen fill, limestone rocks referred to as rip rap and concrete. The fill would be used in the construction of several crossings for I-69 Section 6.

Proposed mitigation efforts include the stabilization of more than 3,000 linear feet of the White River, as well 1,430 linear feet of Indian Creek. The plan would also “enhance” several hundred linear feet of stream. A total of 25.5 acres of wetland at four sites would be restored or enhanced.

The public comment period for this permit application has closed, but anyone with concerns about the plan can contact Snyder by phone at 317-543-9424.

“We’re a public agency, so you can always complain,” she said.

The I-69 Section 6 project essentially follows the existing path of Ind. 37 from the Indian Creek bridge just south of Martinsville to Interstate 465 in Marion County.

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