Wetland Permitting Public Notices

Public Notice of Application by the MS Department of Environmental Quality to construct a breakwater and a subtidal reef near the mouth of the Wolf River

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

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has filed an application with the Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) 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 proposed project is a component of the Phase IV Early Restoration Project – Restoring Living Shorelines and Reefs in Mississippi Estuaries. The applicant states that the project will partially restore natural resources and their services injured by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill by reducing erosion and marsh loss and restoring secondary biological productivity.

The proposed project location is in the St. Louis Bay south of the mouth of the Wolf River. The applicant is proposing to construct a breakwater 1,600 feet in length using approved manufactured and/or natural materials such as OysterBreaks, Wave Attenuation Devices, riprap, or other comparable engineered structure/materials as approved by the permitting agencies with a design height no greater than Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW). The width and side slopes of the breakwater will vary depending on water depth and materials used.

The project will be marked as required by the U.S. Coast Guard. The applicant also proposes to construct approximately 30 acres of subtidal reef habitat through the placement of crushed or processed stone in undulating ridges varying in thickness from 0.2 foot to 3.0 feet in height. A minimum clearance of 1.1 feet will be maintained at MLLW.

The applicant has requested a variance to MDMR’s Guidelines for Regulated Activities, specifically to Chapter 8, Section 2, Part III.O.1. of the Mississippi Coastal Program (MCP) which states, “Permanent filling of coastal wetlands because of potential adverse and cumulative environmental impacts is discouraged”, and has justified this request under Chapter 8, Section 2, Part I.E.2.c.i. by stating that the impacts to Coastal Wetlands would be no worse than if the Guidelines were followed because it meets several of the goals of the MCP.

The applicant has also requested an adjustment to the Coastal Wetlands Use Plan from a General Use District to a Special Use District, specifically S6 – Restoration Areas. If approved, the adjustment would cover the footprint of the project.

This public notice, project diagrams, and a copy of the full project application may be accessed on MDMR’s website at. http://dmr.ms.gov/index.php/coastal-resourcesmanagement/ wetland-permitting. A copy can also be mailed upon request.

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; by fax to 228-374-5008; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 1:00 p.m. on the day November 2, 2018.

[Complete Application]