Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
March 7, 2017
State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Installation of No Wake Signs
Plantation Creek, Glynn County, Georgia
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit to install and maintain four (4) “No Wake” signs on Plantation Creek in Glynn County, Georgia. The proposed project is less than 1/10 of an acre, therefore, considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The proposed “No Wake” signs will be installed adjacent to the existing permitted dock facility that is utilized by the GADNR and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The proposed project includes installation of eight (8) pilings, two (2) at each sign. Two (2) signs will be installed approximately 180ft. west of the floating dock on the northern and southern banks of the creek. Two (2) additional signs will be installed East of the floating dock; one (1) approximately 130ft. east on the northern creek bank and one (1) approximately 170ft. east on the southern creek bank. Each structure will be placed approximately 15ft. into the waterway at Mean Low Water (MLW) where it is approximately 200ft. wide a t MLW. Proposed impacts to jurisdictional coastal marshlands for the installation of the four (4) “No Wake” signs total approximately 36 sq. ft. (0.004 acres).
There is no upland component for the project.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the project is not contrary to the public interest and that no feasible alternative sites exist. Impacts to coastal marshlands must be minimal in size. In passing upon the application for permit, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee shall consider the public interest: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful obstruction to or alteration of the natural flow of navigational water within the affected area will arise as a result of the proposal; (2) Whether or not unreasonably harmful or increased erosion, shoaling of channels, or stagnant areas of water will be created; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant’s proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, or other marine life, wildlife, or other resources, including but not limited to water and oxygen supply.
A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Division’s website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Marsh & Shore Permits”.
Please provide this office with substantive, project-specific comments as to why the proposed work should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning this proposed project should be submitted in writing by the close of business April 7, 2017 to Skye Stockel, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.