HERKIMER — Concerns about floodplain management along the Mohawk River are the reason the proposed dog park in the village of Herkimer is again looking for a home, according to a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

At this point, Herkimer Mayor Mark Netti isn’t sure where the park could be located.

Mohawk resident Ed View has been trying since 2011 to find a location to construct a dog park in the area. The village of Herkimer agreed to host the park and approved its construction in the area near the Samuel Maytan Fishing Access Site on South Washington Street. Site preparation had started last month when, according to View, Herkimer Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri informed him the DEC had contacted him and the park could not be located at that site.

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"The DEC did not deny the installation of the dog park," Andrea Pedrick, of the DEC Region 6 office in Watertown, said in a written statement. "Instead, DEC pointed out to the DPW superintendent that it’s being built in the FEMA regulatory floodway of the Mohawk River, and that the village’s flood plain manager would have to issue a permit under the National Flood Insurance Program. The NFIP is a FEMA program, but is enforced at the local level. The Village of Herkimer also has its own floodplain management regulations."

The DEC also expressed concerns about the proposed installation of a chain link fence for the dog park that would be 20 feet from the toe of the levee that protects the village from flooding. In the event of a flood, the fence could catch debris or redirect water into the levee causing erosion and comprising its integrity, according to the DEC.

The Army Corp of Engineers installed a flood protection system around the village in the 1960s to protect it against flooding from the Mohawk River and West Canada Creek.

Netti said he heard Tuesday about the problem with locating a dog park at the Maytan Fishing Access Site and had not yet had a chance to discuss the matter with other village officials.

"We’ll have to see what we’ve got available. We’re limited for space," he said. "It will be a work in progress."

The Mohawk Valley Rotary Club, of which View is a member, is looking to raise $15,000 to build a 120-foot long by 100-foot wide fenced-in area where dogs can safely run off-leash and socialize with other dogs. The area would be divided with a 40 by 100-foot area for small dogs and a 60 by 100-foot area for large dogs and a 10 by 10-foot area for dogs to get acquainted.

When the dog park is operational, dog owners will pay a fee and will be issued a key to access the park. Donations for the local project may be made to the Mohawk Valley Rotary Club.