Application by Jackson County Port Authority

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

The Jackson County Port Authority has filed an application with the Department of Marine Resources requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.

The applicant is proposing the dredging of approximately 38,200 linear feet (7.2 miles) of the Pascagoula Lower Sound/Bayou Casotte Federal Navigation Channel segment to widen the existing channel from the federally authorized width of 350 feet to a width of 450 feet at the existing depth of –42 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) (with 2 feet of allowable

overdepth and 2 feet of advanced maintenance) parallel to the existing channel centerline. Widening will take place on the western side of the navigational channel and result in the removal of approximately 3.4 million cubic yards of dredged material. Under the Preferred Alternative, dredged material management would include placement of approximately 3.7 percent (125,000 cy) of the dredged material in the designated Horn Island Littoral Zone located east and south of Horn Island and placement of the remainder of the material (approximately 3.3 mcy) in the Pascagoula Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) south of Horn Island. If a permitted beneficial use site becomes available for use prior to construction, it will be considered for placement of suitable material.

 

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 by mail to 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day May 9, 2022.

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