Mobile Baykeeper Comments on Proposed Roll-on Roll-off Berth and Terminal Dock Structure on Mobile River

April 11, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE NO. SAM-2017-00189-JEB

Aerial of proposed project area north of Mcduffie Island.

Today we submitted comments on behalf of our board, officers, staff and more than 4,500 members regarding the proposed request to construct a roll-on roll-off berth and terminal dock on Mobile River.

Mobile Baykeeper is pleased to see an improved proposal from the original application to fill in 48.4 acres of wetlands in the Deer River Watershed (Theodore Industrial Canal). This proposed project will not fill any wetlands, which is a major improvement. That being said, the current application still proposes to fill 9.25 acres of waterbottoms, dredge 34,800 cubic yards, and install more bulkheads on Mobile River. The proposed fill of waterbottoms would take place in a ship berthing area on the north side of Mcduffie Island. 

An approximation of the proposed project area.

Given the large area being filled and/or dredged for this proposed project, we suggest two main things to improve the proposal:

·       Require mitigation in the same area to account for unavoidable impacts to waterways and do so in the same area (i.e. same 12 digit sub-watershed) so that mitigation is directly tied to the impacts that will occur;

·       Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to reduce impacts to Mobile River including: preventing runoff, measures to protect water quality, and frequent monitoring during proposed project activities.

We encourage you to submit comments on this project so that the Corps can understand the community’s thoughts and concerns. If you would like to submit written comments, make sure that they reference the project code SAM-2017-00189-JEB (otherwise they will be lost). Please feel free to use the information above to construct your own written letter or you can submit a pre-constructed letter using the form below.

We have also included our full comments and a copy of the permit application below.

 

If you want to write your own comments instead of using our pre-filled form you can use the information below.

Send comments via regular mail or email:

Reference - SAM-2017-00189-JEB

Email: james.e. buckelew@usace.army.mil

Mail to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mobile District, Regulatory Division

Attn: Mr. Eric Buckelew

P.O. Box 2288

Mobile, AL 36628-0001

Have any questions or comments regarding this issue? Please contact Program Director, Cade Kistler at (251)-433-4229 or ckistler@mobilebaykeeper.org

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