Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
April 7, 2017
EPIC Midstream, LLCConstruction of Operations Building
2 Walhstrom Street, Savannah River,
Chatham County, Georgia
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from EPIC Midstream, LLC for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. to construct and maintain an Operations Building, at their existing facility at 2 Walhstrom Street, Savannah River, Chatham County, Georgia. The project is less than 1/10 of an acre and is considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The existing structure was constructed in 1968 and predates the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act. It consists of a 4ft. x 466ft. (1,864sq.ft. or 0.042 acres) timber pile walkway and pipe support structure that leads to a 32.5ft. X 60ft. (1950sq.ft. or 0.045 acres) steel pile supported concrete hose tower platform. A 5ft. x 415ft. (2,075sq.ft. or 0.05 acres) aluminum walkway connects to a 12ft. x 35ft. (420sq.ft. or 0.009 acres) breasting dolphin and a 20ft. x 14ft. (280sq.ft. or 0.006 acres) mooring dolphin. A second 5ft. x 222ft. (1,110sq.ft. or 0.025 acres) aluminum walkway connects to a
20ft. x 14ft. (280sq.ft. or 0.006 acres) mooring dolphin to the east. Two (2) 8ft. x 10ft. (80sq.ft or 0.004 acres) steel pile dolphins are located seaward of the concrete breasting dolphins creating a fender line that is approximately 136ft. to the southern limit of the Savannah River navigational channel. The site also has approximately 8ft. x 374ft. (2,992sq.ft or 0.07 acres)of existing bank stabilization. Total impacts for the existing structure total 8,139sq.ft. (0.27 acres).
The applicant is proposing the construction and maintenance of a 18ft. x 12ft. (216sq. ft. or 0.005 acres) pile supported concrete platform with an 8ft. x 12ft. operations building. The cover will be no more that 10ft. above the finished floor. The entire structure will extend approximately 130ft. seaward of Mean Low Water (MLW) at a point where the Savannah River is approximately 1,075ft. wide at MLW. The existing structure is constructed approximately 297ft. from the extended property line to the east and 50ft. from the extended property line to the west. Proposed impacts for the existing structure and proposed structure, including the existing slope stabilization total approximately 11,935sq.ft. (0.274 acre).
The applicant has stated that the project contains an upland component that consists of a 20ft. x 2,150ft. gravel road with above ground pipe rack system to service the in- water structure. Total impacts from the pervious access road total (43,000sq.ft. or 1.0 acre).
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 May 6, 2017 to Deb Barreiro, Department of Natural Resources, 185 Richard Davis Drive, Suite 104, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.