Application by Jackson County Board of Supervisors


The Jackson County Board of Supervisors 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 dredge an unnamed waterbody that drains into Old Fort Bayou near Derry Lane in Ocean Springs, hereafter referred to as Derry Lane Canal. The proposed project will dredge an area 1655 feet in length and ranging from 1 to 15 feet in width to a final depth ranging from 4.0 to 6.5 feet below Mean Lower Low Water. The project as proposed would impact 0.54 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation. The applicant will be required to mitigate for these impacts if approved.

The applicant will be required to request and justify a variance from Mississippi Admin. Code Title 22, Part 23, Chapter 8, Section 117.01 which states, Dredging or excavation of sensitive coastal wetlands is not authorized,” and Mississippi Admin. Code Title 22, Part 23, Chapter 8, Section 117.03, which states, “A minimum ten-foot (10-foot) buffer must be maintained between dredging/excavation and any wetlands.”

The application can be viewed by following the link below.

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, to the attention of Brett James at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day February 6, 2023. 



Comment Submission Form

You should receive an acknowledgement of your comment from Brett James by email. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact