The Mayor and Commissioners approved an ordinance to pay $135,706 to the Kentucky Waterways Alliance Kentucky Aquatic Resources Fund to comply with the terms and conditions associated with the Biological Opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office for the Riverfront Development Project. The City received the Biological Opinion in 2012 requiring the City to comply with terms and conditions in order to receive permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kentucky Division of Water for the Riverfront Project and the Ohio River Boat Launch project. City Engineer-Public Works Director Rick Murphy says, “The good news is that the original cost was going to be $399,050. By moving the project downstream 500 feet, we reduced the cost to about $136,000.” Murphy adds, “These monies go back in to the Ohio River basin. They go back into the environment to improve areas that were lost.” The terms for Paducah outlined in the Biological Opinion include developing a mussel relocation plan. The mussels were relocated in October 2012. The terms also include a payment in the amount of $20,000 for the future monitoring of the relocated mussels and a payment in the amount of $71,706 for environmental impacts related to 6.29 acres of mussel habitat. The payment to the Kentucky Waterways Alliance also includes a payment of $44,000 specifically related to the four federally listed mussels associated with Paducah’s project. In summary, the City’s financial obligation related to the monitoring, habitat, and propagation of the four impacted mussels totals $135,706. The four mussels are Fat Pocketbooks, Pink Muckets, Orangefoot Pimplebacks and Sheepnose. To read the Biological Opinion, visit http://paducahky.gov/paducah/riverfront-master-plan.
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