September 17, 2008

Boat Dock Construction Halted in Lake Oswego

A construction permit to build a boat dock on the Willamette River in Lake Oswego has been revoked by a federal agency in order to look at the dock's potential to impact endangered species.

A related lawsuit was filed by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center on Aug. 8 against the National Marine Fisheries Service and the United State Army Corp of Engineers for their role in approving the public dock at Foothills Park. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed the two agencies violated federal laws meant to protect endangered species by approving construction of the dock using only a biological opinion from 2004 to assess impacts to fish habitats. The city of Lake Oswego was scheduled to install the dock at the end of October; it is currently being constructed in another location.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is currently updating its analysis of the dock's impact on fish and is expected to conclude its report in October, after which the Army Corp of Engineers could cancel the project, reinstate the permit or modify criteria for the dock.

Originally published by DJC Staff.

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