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

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

The City of Ocean Springs 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 a pilot shoreline restoration project consisting of a living shoreline, beach renourishment, marsh creation, and deployment of oyster/reef balls along a 365-foot section of Front Beach on the Mississippi Sound in Ocean Springs, Jackson County, MS. The applicant states the project will serve four purposes: reduce erosive forces on the beach, create a marsh and oyster reef habitat surrounding the existing outfall structure, mitigate frequent upstream flooding, and improve water quality around the outfall locations. An approximate 40-foot wide section of beach stretching the entire project length shall be restored along with an additional 12-foot-wide section of proposed new beach. In the tidal zone, just waterward of this newly created portion of beach is a proposed 16-foot-wide area of marsh plantings to stabilize the beach and trap drifting sediment. The living shoreline component of the project will consist of a marsh sill constructed with engineered erosion control matting which functions as a planting medium for marsh vegetation and is designed to withstand wave action. The final component of the project will be the installation of approximately twenty (20) reef/oyster balls along an existing outfall structure to encourage invertebrate attachment. Approximately 0.4 acres of unvegetated coastal wetlands will be impacted by the project and approximately 1,920 cubic yards of material will be needed to complete the proposed project. The applicant is requesting a variance from 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.” This public notice and project diagrams 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 March 4, 2019.

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