Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
March 14, 2017
MWV-Cabin Bluff, LLC
Modification of a Boat Basin
Cumberland River, Camden County, Georgia
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from MWV-Cabin Bluff, LLC for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. to modify an existing boat basin on the Cumberland River in Camden 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 applicant is proposing to modify the existing boat basin located within Cabin Bluff on the Cumberland River. CMPA Permit #224A was issued October 11, 1988 for maintenance dredging of the existing boat basin which is approximately 34ft. x 74ft and is surrounded by a 231 linear ft. bulkhead. A 3ft. x 21.4ft. gangway extends over the bulkhead on the southern side of the basin to a 7.6ft. x 19.2ft. float that parallels the hoist. Total authorized impacts under CMPA Permit #224A to jurisdictional coastal marshlands for the boat basin facility are approximately 9,800 sq. ft. (0.22 acres).
The applicant is proposing to modify the existing boat basin by installing a new 188 linear ft. bulkhead and filling an approximate 688 sq. ft. area to decrease the size of the boat basin. The existing culvert that empties into the boat basin will be extended 20 linear ft. through the proposed fill area and split into two outfalls. Each outfall will have six (6) 9in. wooden piles driven in front of it to create a grate that will prevent manatee access to the pipes. Proposed new impacts for the boat basin modification total approximately 964 sq. ft. (0.022 acres) for a total of approximately 1166.62 sq. ft. (0.026 acres) of impacts to jurisdictional coastal marshlands.
There is no upland component associated with this 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 14, 2017 to Skye Stockel, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.