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PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT
AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has filed an application requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.

The applicant is proposing to modify a previous authorization. Approximately 23,930 acres of existing and historical reefs were authorized to be restored with cultch material. Material was authorized to be placed at a density of 100 cubic yards per acre, totaling no more than 350,000 cubic yards of material within Phase I. This density ensured less than 6 inches of relief of cultch materials across the bottom of each restoration site.

The applicant was granted a variance to Chapter 8, Section 2, Part III.O.1. of the Mississippi Coastal Program. The MDMR also adjusted the Coastal Wetlands Use Plan by changing all the areas identified by the MDMR as public oyster reefs open to seafood harvest, and suitable for restoration, to a District S-1 classification (Special Use – Natural and artificial oyster reefs).

The applicant has requested to modify restoration area 72 to allow a maximum 18 inches of relief (average relief of 8 inches). This will result in the cultch density increasing from 100 cubic yards per acre to 1,080 cubic yards per acre for this specific area. The purpose of the modification is to experiment with the use of different cultch material and relief densities to help MDMR achieve the overall oyster reef restoration project.

The project is located within restoration area 72 in the Mississippi Sound of Jackson County, MS.

In compliance with Section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251, 1341), as amended by PL 95-217, the applicant will request certification from the Office of Pollution Control that the above mentioned activity will be in compliance with applicable provisions of Section 301 (33 U.S.C. 1311), Section 302 (33 U.S.C. 1312), Section 303 (U.S.C. 1313), Section 306 (U.S.C. 1316), and Section 307 (U.S.C. 1317) of the Act and appropriate requirements of the State Law.

Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed regulated activity must submit those comments in writing to the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day August 1, 2018.

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