Army Corps of Engineers ‘working diligently’ to finalize Owasco Flats permit

A decision on the federal wetland permit for the Owasco Flats restoration project could come as early as next week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that it's "working diligently" to finalize a decision on the project, which is being spearheaded by Cayuga County. The county must receive the federal permit before soliciting bids for the construction work.

This week, two of New York's top elected officials — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — urged the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite its review process. Schumer, D-N.Y., visited Cayuga County Monday. Cuomo sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday.

The regulatory section of the Army Corps of Engineers' Buffalo district is reviewing the permit. The agency said it was awaiting the state's water quality certification before conducting its evaluation. The state issued the necessary permits in July.

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