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Jackson County Board of Supervisors seeks permit to dredge Davis Bayou

BILOXI, MS - The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has filed a request for a Permit Modification 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 currently authorized to maintenance dredge an area 8,600 feet in length, varying from 25 feet to 50 feet in width to a final depth of 7 feet below mean low water. Approximately 48,000 cubic yards of material shall be removed and will be disposed of at an approved upland site or beneficial use area.

The applicant is also authorized to maintenance dredge an area 1,800 feet in length, 30 feet in width to a final depth of 4 feet below mean low water.  Approximately 2,500 cubic yards of material shall be removed. 

This is in addition to the 48,000 cubic yards previously permitted for a total of 50,500 cubic yards of material removed.  The maintenance dredging is located in Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs.

The proposed modification will not alter the approved dredging area, but proposes that additional maintenance dredging areas be included in the Permit to remove approximately 13,284 cubic yards of material from various channels in Davis Bayou for the purpose of providing safe navigable waters for the boating public. 

The dredging will total 10,889 feet in length, varying from 10 feet to 40 feet in width.  The waterway will be dredged to a final depth varying from 3 feet to 5.5 feet below mean low water.  The dredge material will be placed in an approved upland location or utilized for an approved beneficial use. 

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is also requesting a maintenance dredging agreement so that the area can be managed as needed for the next 10 years. The total cubic yards of material to be removed for all proposed maintenance dredging if the Modification were approved would be 63,784 cubic yards.  

Project diagrams for the previously approved project and this proposed modification are available for viewing at the Department of Marine Resources' Permitting office at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Miss.

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, MS 39530 and the Office of Pollution Control, P.O. Box 2261, Jackson, MS 39225-2261 before 5:00 p.m. on the day December 5, 2008.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes.

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