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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
WATER AND SCIENCE ADMINISTRATION
1800 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21230

   

Notice of Application for State Wetland Licenses, Private Wetland Permits, Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permits and/or Water Quality Certification and the Opportunity to Provide Written Comment or Request an Informational Hearing

January 1, 2021 

 
The Water and Science Administration has received the applications listed below. A preliminary review has indicated that the listed projects may be subject to the opportunity for a public hearing once the application is substantially complete.  Projects may be significantly altered during the review process.  The applications and related information are available for inspection and copying.  You may also request written notice of any hearing opportunity by having your name placed on the interested persons list for each project in which you are interested.  To inspect the file or to have your name placed on the interested persons list, contact the assigned division at the telephone number indicated below no later than February 1, 2021, unless otherwise noted in the Public Notice.
 

The Maryland Department of the Environment is following the directives of the Governor of Maryland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and issued Executive Orders. Please be advised that public notice and hearing procedures and meetings may be impacted, including the possible re-scheduling of hearings from in-person hearings to being held virtually. MDE will update this page with relevant public notice and hearing information as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates.

 

 

Tidal Wetlands Division - (410) 537-3571

Anne Arundel County
 

202060119/20-WL-0075: JOSEPH LANDSMANN III, at 436 Century Vista Drive, Arnold, MD 21012 has applied to mechanically dredge 2,721-square foot area to a depth of 5.0 feet at mean low water in association with the main channel of Sprigg’s Pond (20-WL-0072); and provide for periodic maintenance dredging for six years. Approximately, 85 cubic yards of dredged material will be transported to one of the three following upland disposal sites: Rock Creek Dredge Material Placement (DMP) Site at Water Oak Point Road, Pasadena, MD 21122, Idlewilde DMP Site at Idlewilde Road, Shady Side, MD 20764, or South County DMP Site at Sudley Road, West River, MD 20778. Dredged material may also be beneficially reused at the beach nourishment project at Fort Smallwood Park (17-WL-0902(R1)). Mitigation as payment into the Wetlands Compensation Fund may be required due to new impacts to submerged aquatic vegetation. The purpose of this project is to improve navigable access. The proposed project is located within the tidal waters of the Sprigg’s Pond at 436 Century Vista Drive, Arnold, Anne Arundel County, MD 21012. For more information, please contact Heather Hepburn at heather.hepburn1@maryland.gov or at 410-537-3789.

 
Baltimore City
 

202061732/20-WL-1171: NATIONAL GYPSUM COMPANY, 2001 Rexford Road, Charlotte NC, 28211 has applied to mechanically maintenance dredge within a 249,274 square foot area to a depth of 33 feet at mean low water in the Patapsco River located at 2301 South Newkirk Street, Baltimore MD 21224. Approximately 4,500 cubic yards of dredged material will be transported to the Cox Creek DMCF or Masonville DMCF. All work will be within 948 feet channelward of the mean high water line. The proposed project also includes periodic maintenance dredging for six years. The purpose of the project is to maintain navigable access at an existing ship berthing area. For more information contact Matt Wallach at matthew.wallach@maryland.gov or at 410-537-3527.

 
St. Mary's County
 

202061657/20-WL-1116: THE BOB HALL IRREVOCABLE TRUST, PO Box 434, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20773, has applied 1) Construct a 170-foot long by 6-foot wide timber pier; 2) Construct 10-foot by 20-foot “L” platform; 3) Install two boat lifts; 4) All authorized activities extending a maximum of 180 feet channelward of the mean high water line; 5) To emplace 2,180 feet of stone revetment within a maximum of 10 feet channelward of the mean high water line. The project is located on Wicomico River at 22410 Bushwood Road, St. Mary's County. The purpose of the project is to improve navigable access and control shore erosion. For more information, please contact Justin Bereznak at Justin.Bereznak@maryland.gov or 410-537-3782.

 

 

Water Quality Certification - (410) 537-3837

Baltimore County
 

202060046/20-WQC-1456: Baynes, Isabel Living Shoreline project located at 1025 Bowleys Quarter Road in Baltimore, Maryland - The joint public notice may be viewed at the US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice page located at: https://www.usace.army.mil/Portals/63/PN%2020-70.pdf

 
 
Statewide
 

202000415/20-WQC-0051: The Water and Science Administration is reviewing the following request for a State Water Quality Certification and Coastal Zone Consistency Determination concurrence. Pursuant to COMAR 26.08.02, Regulation .10 Water Quality Certification, and 15 C.F.R. Section 930.42 Subpart C of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Maryland Department of the Environment is required to give public notice of this application. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act requires the State of Maryland to issue a Water Quality Certification for any federally permitted project which may result in the discharge of dredged or fill material to waters or wetlands of the State. The purpose of the water quality certification is to advise the federal agency as to whether the permitted activity will or will not comply with Maryland’s water quality standards. The purpose of the consistency determination is to advise the federal agency as to whether the federal activity will be consistent with Maryland Enforceable Policies approved under Maryland’s Coastal Zone Management Program. The purpose of this public notice is to solicit comments from the public regarding the work described in the referenced documents.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, is proposing to reissue with modifications, the Maryland State Programmatic General Permit-5 (MDSPGP-5) as the Maryland State Programmatic General Permit-6 (MDSPGP-6) for a five year period.  The modified MDSPGP-6 is proposed to provide a streamlined form of Department of the Army authorization for certain recurring activities that are similar in nature, have minimal individual and cumulative adverse effects on the aquatic environment, and satisfy other public interest review factors.  The State of Maryland’s Tidal Wetlands Protection Act, Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act, and Waterway Construction Act establish a State-wide permit program for protecting Maryland’s aquatic resources.  Maryland’s procedures for the granting of permits and licenses require Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to apply evaluation criteria consisting of alternatives analyses (for nonwater dependent activities), avoidance techniques, the minimization of impacts, and if a permit is to be granted, compensatory mitigation for wetland impacts. The evaluative criteria within Maryland’s programs are similar to Federal criteria under Section 404(b)(1) of the Federal Clean Water Act.  If the MDSPGP-5 is reissued as MDSPGP-6, the Baltimore District Engineer will reevaluate the MDSPGP-6 within five years to determine if activities have been authorized in accordance with the requirements of the MDSPGP-6.  Programmatic general permits are authorized for a five-year period at which time they must be re-evaluated for their impacts on the aquatic environment.  

Applicant:
Regulatory Branch
Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2 Hopkins Plaza Baltimore, MD 21201
Application # 20-WQC-0051

Waterway: Chesapeake Bay, nontidal waters of the United States, including nontidal wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed within the State of Maryland, District of Columbia, and Fort Meyer, the Pentagon, and Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Excluded waters include the Coastal Bays in Worcester County, Maryland, and the waters located in the Ohio River drainage in Western Maryland. Additional excluded waters of Maryland include adjacent and contiguous jurisdictional wetlands to Back Creek (of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal) east of a line extending from Welch Point to Courthouse Point to the Delaware line and to the Second Street Bridge to the south; Herring Creek east of the line extending from Welch Point to Courthouse Point to the dam that crosses Herring Creek; and Long Branch to the Boat Yard Road Bridge to the north. All these areas above are excluded as they are located within the regulatory geographic boundary of the Corps Philadelphia District.
The applicant, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, Baltimore District, Regulatory Branch, 2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201, requests a Water Quality Certification and concurrence determination with the Coastal Zone Management Program for the proposed reissuance of the Maryland State Programmatic General Permit effective October 1, 2016 and expiring September 30, 2021.
A copy of the current version of the MDSPGP that expires on September 30, 2021 can be viewed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers webpage: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Portals/63/docs/Regulatory/Permits/MDSPGP-5.pdf
The draft MDSPGP-6 can also be viewed at: https://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/Public-Notice-View/Article/2425059/spn-20-66-proposed-reissuance-of-mdspgp-6-nab-2020-00415/
Arrangements may be made for inspection and copying of file materials. Interested parties may provide written comment on the requests or request an informational hearing. A request for a hearing must be in writing and provide the following information: 1) Name, Address, and Telephone Number of the person making the request; 2) The identity of any other person(s) the requestor is representing; and 3) the specific issues proposed to be considered at the hearing. Any person or party interested in commenting or requesting a hearing is requested to submit comments and requests to Denise Clearwater, Wetlands and Waterways Program, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Ste. 430, Baltimore, MD 21230, or email comments to denise.clearwater@maryland.gov. Please send questions to denise.clearwater@maryland.gov or by phone at (410) 537-3781. Comments and/or a request for hearing must be received on or before December 31, 2020.