This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from ALSL Enterprises, LP for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to construct two bulkheads along a causeway providing access to 105 Netherclift Way located on Delegal Creek, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. The proposed project is under 1/10 of an acre, and therefore may be considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
Due to erosion of the shoreline, the applicant proposes to construct two concrete bulkheads, one on each side of the causeway. The bulkhead on the north side of the causeway will be approximately 155 linear feet with 12.4 cubic yards of backfill. Impacts to coastal marshlands for the northern bulkhead will be 349sq.ft. The bulkhead on the south side of the causeway will be approximately 134 linear feet with 8.04 cubic yards of backfill. Impacts to coastal marshlands for the southern bulkhead will be approximately 201sq.ft. After completion, total impacts to the marshlands component of the project will be approximately 550sq.ft. (0.01 acre).
The upland component of the project will consist of the 3,080sq.ft. (0.07 acre) upland causeway which is necessary for access and construction for the marshlands component of the project. Impacts to the upland component include temporary placement of construction equipment and materials. Upon completion of the marshlands component, the road of the causeway will be returned to grade and permanently stabilized.
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 applicants 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 Department of Natural Resources website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Public Notices.”
Please provide this office with substantive, site-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 and be submitted by the close of business on February 28, 2024 to Cheyenne Osborne, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Suite 300, Brunswick, GA 31520 or via email at Cheyenne.Osborne1@dnr.ga.gov.