DMR22-000393_City of Biloxi_Wetland Permit Application

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

The City of Biloxi 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 City of Biloxi is proposing to construct a jetty in conjunction with the reconstruction of an existing pier located on the Mississippi Sound at the terminus of Porter Avenue in Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi.  The applicant proposes to construct a riprap jetty approximately 360 feet in length and 23 feet in width which will accommodate a concrete walkway. Approximately 120 feet of the jetty will be constructed on the sand beach from the sea wall to the mean high water (MHW) line while the remaining 240 feet will be constructed on unvegetated waterbottoms following the same alignment as the existing damaged pier structure. A new pier will be constructed at the southern terminus of the proposed jetty and extend southward. The first segment of pier will measure 345 feet in length and 8 feet in width and also include a bench-seating area measuring 12 feet in length and 2 feet in width. This initial segment will terminate with a 24’ X 24’ covered pavilion.  The second pier segment, extending from the pavilion, will measure 35 feet in length and 12 feet in width and terminate with a T-shaped pier measuring 84 feet in length and 16 feet in width. The pier will be constructed with concrete pilings, timber superstructure (stringers and cross-headers), and grated, flow-through decking. To facilitate removal of the existing damaged pier structure and construction of the proposed pier and jetty, the applicant is proposing the dredging of a temporary work channel measuring 670’ X 40’. The temporary work channel will be dredged to a final depth of 4 feet below mean low water (MLW) and be located on the east and south sides of the existing damaged pier. A total of 1,650 will be removed.  Dredged material will be staged adjacent to the temporary channel and be used to return the area to previous depths once construction is complete.  Best management practices such as turbidity curtains and staged construction will be employed to reduce turbidity in the area.

 

The applicant is requesting a variance from Chapter 8, Section 2, Part.III.N.O.1 of the Mississippi Coastal Program which states “Permanent filling of coastal wetlands because of potential adverse and cumulative environmental impacts is discouraged.” and Mississippi Admin. Code Title 22, Part 23, Chapter 8, Section 114.01 which states, “Permanent filling of coastal wetlands below the mean high tide line because of potential adverse and cumulative environmental impacts is not authorized,”

 

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 11, 2022. A public hearing will be held at the Bolton Office Building Auditorium at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39531 at 5:30 p.m. on August 9, 2022.

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