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

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

Harrison County Sand Beach 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 Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.
The applicant is proposing to renourish nine (9) sections of beach to restore the beach footprint and provide protection to the seawall. Approximately 295,520 cubic yards of material will be dredged from borrow areas in the Mississippi Sound. The borrow areas range between 1,150 feet and 2,550 feet from the existing seawall, and will be dredged to a depth of 10-15 feet. Dredge material will be spread in the nine (9) renourishment areas. The applicant has requested a variance to Chapter 8, Section 2, Part III.G.4. of the Mississippi Coastal Program which states, “Access canals shall be designed to insure adequate flushing and shall not create stagnant pockets; they shall use existing drainage patterns to maximum advantage; they shall be uniform depth or become gradually shallower proceeding from the receiving body of water; they shall be no deeper than the parent body of water where feasible, shall be aligned with prevailing summer winds to increase circulation”, and has justified this request under Chapter 8, Section 2, Part I.E.2.c.iii. and Chapter 8, Section 2, Part I.E.2.c.iv. by stating that no feasible, alternative sites or construction techniques are available, there is a significant public benefit in the activity, the activity requires a waterfront location, and a public hearing has been held. The project is located along the U.S. Hwy. 90 seawall and the Mississippi Sound from Henderson Point to Chalmers Drive 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 June 6, 2017.

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