Application by Jackson County Board of Supervisors

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

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 a man-made canal that drains into Old Fort Bayou near Moreton Place in Ocean Springs, hereafter referred to as Moreton Canal. The proposed project will dredge 485 linear feet in length ranging from 10 to 20 feet in length to a final depth ranging from 4.6 to 5.9 feet below Mean Lower Low Water.

The project as proposed would impact 0.08 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 to Miss. Admin. Code Title 22, Part 23, Chapter 8, Section 117.01 which states, “Dredging or excavation of sensitive coastal wetlands is not authorized”, and Miss. 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.”

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, attention Jennifer Wilder at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 or by using the form below before 1:00 p.m. on the day February 9, 2023. 

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