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PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has filed an application requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972. The applicant is proposing to establish an off-bottom oyster aquaculture lease site in the Mississippi Sound south of Deer Island, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi. The dimensions of the proposed area are 5,609 feet in length and 695 feet in width, totaling 85 acres. The center of the project site is located at approximately 30.364261N Latitude and -88.844084W Longitude. A portion of the project would be within the 750-yard riparian rights zone of the Deer Island Coastal Preserve. The project would include an area measuring between 2 and 10 acres operated by the DMR for instruction and training of interested parties in all aspects of operating an oyster aquaculture enterprise. Construction on these areas will be done prior to the beginning of the program. The remaining areas will be available for lease from interested oyster farmers in 1 to 5 acre parcels and will be constructed in stages as they are leased. Two methods of oyster aquaculture will be utilized: the walking long-line method and floating basket system. Each individual lease holder will be allowed to determine which off-bottom aquaculture method(s) they would prefer to utilize. No more than 40 wooden pilings, each up to 8 inches in diameter, may be placed per acre and will not exceed 5 feet in height above the mean high tide line. In addition, no more than 1,200, 2-inch diameter pvc pipes may be placed per acre for leased areas utilizing the walking long-line method of oyster culture. MDMR is requesting a change to the Coastal Wetlands Use Plan from a Preservation (P) and General Use (G) classification to a Special Use (S2) Leased wetlands for oyster cultivation) and a Special Use (S3) Leased wetlands by the State for other purposes-in this case: off bottom oyster cultivation. This public notice, project diagrams, and a copy of the full application may be accessed on MDMR's website at : http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/coastal-resourcesmanagement/wetlandpermitting. In compliance with Section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251, 1341), as amended by PL 95-217, the applicant will request certification from the Office of Pollution Control that the above-mentioned activity will be in compliance with applicable provisions of Section 301 (33 U.S.C. 1311), Section 302 (33 U.S.C. 1312), Section 303 (U.S.C. 1313), Section 306 (U.S.C. 1316), and Section 307 (U.S.C. 1317) of the Act and appropriate requirements of the State Law. A public hearing will be held on September 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bolton Building auditorium located at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS. The public hearing will not be a question and answer session, but will be a medium for concerned parties to make comments about the proposed project for the public record. Prior to the hearing the applicant's representatives will be available for questions regarding the proposed project. Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed regulated activity must submit those comments in writing to the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day September 8, 2017. PLEASE PUBLISH: August 6, 2017 August 13, 2017 August 20, 2017 1592269