The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is submitting to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) a request for approval of Routine Program Changes to the Georgia Coastal Management Program. The request includes changes to the enforceable policies to be used by the state for reviewing federal actions pursuant to the authority provided the state under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. The State considers the Program Changes to be routine and not substantial changes to the authorities of the Georgia Coastal Management Program. CRD is seeking OCM’s concurrence in this determination.
Program Changes include previously authorized legislative amendments to the Coastal Marshland Protection Act, Environmental Policy Act, Shore Protection Act, Water Well Standards Act, and the Shellfish Regulation of the Game and Fish Code; as well as the addition of the Rules for Environmental Planning Criteria, the Shore Protection Rules, and the Rules for Safe Drinking Water. A copy of the RPC request may be obtained by contacting the Coastal Resources Division or visit the web site at http://coastalgadnr.org/cm/about/pdoc.
Any comments on whether this request for Program Changes does or does not constitute routine changes must be submitted directly to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Highway (N/OCM6), Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, attention Joelle Gore, Chief, Stewardship Division within three weeks of the issuance of this public notice.
If you have questions regarding the Georgia Coastal Management Program please contact Jan Mackinnon at (912) 264-7218.