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 construct an off-bottom oyster aquaculture lease site in the St. Louis Bay. The dimensions of the proposed area are 1,161 feet in length and 985 feet in width, totaling 24 acres. The proposed site is outside of the 750 yard riparian rights zone as required by MS Law Code 49-15-9. No more than 40 pilings, each up to 8 inches in diameter, may be placed per acre and will not exceed 5 feet in height above the mean high tide line. Because of the water depth in this location, only the floating basket system or the off-bottom basket system can be used. MDMR plans to conduct a training program that utilizes 2 to 10 acres of the site. Construction on these areas will be done prior to the beginning of the program. The remaining areas will be available for lease from interested oyster farmers in 1 to 5 acre parcels and will be constructed in stages as they are leased. Each individual will be allowed to determine which of the two off-bottom aquaculture methods they would like to use. MDMR is requesting a change to the Coastal Wetlands Use Plan from a G-1 (General Use) classification to an S-2 (Special Use – Leased wetlands for oyster cultivation) classification. The center of the project site is located approximately 0.55 miles from the west shoreline of Henderson point and 0.13 miles south of the center line of the U.S. Hwy. 90 bridge in Harrison County, MS.
This public notice, project diagrams, and a copy of the full application may be accessed on MDMR’s website at http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/coastal-resources-management/wetland-permitting.
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 May 25, 2016.