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SWG-2017-00505 - Marian Maritime, L.L.C. - Old River Cove portion of Sabine Lake - Orange County, Texas

Published Nov. 14, 2017
Expiration date: 12/15/2017

Full Public Notice          Project Plans

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant proposes to dredge approximately 15,281 cubic yards of material to facilitate the expansion of an existing commercial barge and push boat fleeting operation.  The material will be mechanically dredged waterward of the mean high tide (MHT) line of the Old River Cove to a depth of ten feet below mean low tide (MLT) with a two-foot over-dredge along approximately 284 linear feet of shoreline.  Extending waterward between 100 and 200 feet from the shore of Humble Island, the approximate 0.789-acre dredge footprint includes 0.774 acres of Section 10/404 Open Water of the Old River Cove and approximately 0.015 acres of herbaceous sub-tidal wetlands.  The proposed dredge depth (10 feet) will open up into, and match existing bottom elevations of the south-adjacent Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW).  The applicant proposes bi-annual maintenance dredging to maintain the project-required depth of ten feet.

 The applicant stated that the proposed action includes dredge impacts only.  Dredged material will be evenly spread in existing adjacent uplands west of the project area along approximately 2.74 acres of applicant-owned land with appropriate best management practices deployed to prevent sediments from returning to the GIWW.  The applicant has stated that no fill material will be placed in wetlands and that no other jurisdictional wetlands or other special aquatic sites (including seagrass beds, oyster beds, tidal or mud flats) are proposed to be directly impacted by the project activities. 

 The upland area proposed for dredged material is directly adjacent to potential palustrine forested wetland areas and a navigable waterway.  While the applicant has stated that best management practices will be utilized, there exists a probability of discharge of dredged material into these areas, which would require authorization under Section 404.