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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
WATER AND SCIENCE ADMINISTRATION
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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

  

November 15, 2021

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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 or send an email to the assigned reviewer no later than December 15, 2021, unless otherwise noted in the Public Notice.

 
 

Wetlands and Waterways Program - (410) 537-3837

 

Nontidal Wetlands Division - (410) 537-3456

 

Baltimore, Cecil, and Harford Counties

 

201960846/19-NT-0150: MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, 300 Authority Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21222 has applied for a Modification to 19-NT-0150. The modification request includes design changes such as an additional stormwater management facility along southbound I-95 south of MD 152, addition of a floodwater attenuation facility located near Old Joppa Road, various other design changes to erosion and sediment control and stormwater management facilities, culvert and outfall improvements, and stream channel stabilization throughout the corridor. Also included is revised design of I-95 NB widening and a noise wall between MD 24 and Bynum Run, geotechnical borings associated with a potential Park and Ride facility located near Old Mountain Road adjacent to I-95, and clearing of trees within a wetland, buffer, and floodplain along MD 7C in Cecil County. The modification also includes minor changes to impacts at the Eccleston Mitigation Site as well as the addition of the previously constructed HT-3012 Stream Restoration site and removal of the previously proposed Lilly Run Stream and Wetland Mitigation site from the mitigation package. The project is located on I-95 from north of Old Joppa Road to Bynum Run, just south of MD 543 in Harford County, Maryland. The modification results in an overall decrease of permanent impacts to 32,931 square feet of wetland, 103,386 square feet of 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, 4,586 linear feet waterway, and 107,429 square feet of 100-year floodplain. In total, the project will permanently impact 99,733 square feet of forested nontidal wetland, 7,733 square feet of scrub-shrub nontidal wetland, 31,094 square feet of emergent nontidal wetland, 3,187 square feet of forested/emergent nontidal wetland, 387,739 square feet of 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, 14,013 linear feet of perennial streams, 9,956 linear feet of intermittent streams, 103,207 square feet of 100-year floodplain, and temporarily impact 58,741 square feet of forested nontidal wetland, 6,258 square feet of scrub-shrub nontidal wetland, 83,592 square feet of emergent nontidal wetland, 5,236 square feet of palustrine, unconsolidated bottom wetland, 192,652 square feet of 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, 1,560 linear feet of perennial streams, 954 linear feet of intermittent streams, and 778,357 square feet of 100-year floodplain. Despite an overall reduction in impact, the project will result in new permanent impacts to 22,412 square feet of forested nontidal wetland, 170 square feet of scrub-shrub nontidal wetland, 6,319 square feet of emergent nontidal wetland, 69,795 square feet of 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, 1,580 linear feet of perennial streams, and 1,663 linear feet of intermittent streams, and new temporary impacts to 2,608 square feet of palustrine, forested wetland, 721 square feet of palustrine, emergent wetland, 1,739 square feet of 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, 273 linear feet of perennial streams, and 109 linear feet of intermittent streams, not previously authorized for disturbance. The mitigation requirement is 252,400 square feet of wetland mitigation and 10,634 linear feet of stream mitigation. The proposed mitigation will be provided off-site at the following locations: Eccleston Mitigation Site adjacent to Greenspring Valley Road and Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore County, Carsins Run Mitigation Site located along I-95 southbound in Harford County, and HT 3012 Stream Restoration Site in Baltimore County. A virtual public informational hearing for only the proposed work listed in this public notice is being held to gather information and hear testimony to assist the Department in making a determination regarding an application for a Nontidal​ Wetlands and Waterways Permit. The virtual public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on December 2, 2021. The plans and an opportunity to ask questions will be provided from 6:30 pm – 7:00 p.m. The public informational hearing will begin promptly at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 p.m. In order to view or participate in the hearing, a participant must register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7017776319619504400 , webinar ID 285-539-851 and directions will be electronically forwarded to the email provided. If internet service is not available, the participant may call 1-866-901-6455 and then enter access code 834-073-155 to hear the public hearing. Phone only participants will not have the ability to provide testimony during the hearing, however, statements may be provided to Jennifer Bird by November 24, 2021, to be read during the hearing which may not be longer than three minutes in length. Information and questions can be provided orally by participants during the hearing through the virtual platform. Written comments and requests to be included on the interested persons list may be sent by December 30, 2021, to the Maryland Department of the Environment. For nontidal wetland concerns, send correspondence to the attention of Jennifer Bird, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230 or at jennifer.bird@maryland.gov or 410-316-7959. Any further notices concerning actions on the application will be provided on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s website, https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/WetlandsandWaterways/Pages/I-95_ETL_North_Sect200_PhaseII.aspx. Please refer to Subsection 5-907 of the Annotated Code of Maryland or the Code of Maryland Regulations 26.23.02 and 26.24.02 for information regarding the application process.

  

Howard County


202061493/20-NT-3200: LKQ CORPORATION, 3918 Cedar Day Circle, Valrico, Florida 33506, has applied to construct a Pollution Control System (PCS), two storm drain outfalls, and removal and replacement of gravel base at an auto salvage compound. The PCS will entail the construction of two facilities at the top and bottom of Dorsey Run on the property. The storm drain outfalls will convey run-off from offsite and flow from tributaries which will bypass the auto salvage facility. Grading within the 100-year floodplain will result in the removal of existing contaminated gravel and replacement with clean gravel. The project will permanently impact 328 linear feet (3,006 square feet) of Dorsey Run (Use I) and 164,595 square feet of the associated 100-year floodplain. The project will also temporarily impact 665 linear feet (5,340 square feet) of Dorsey Run (Use I) and 40,480 square feet of the associated 100-year floodplain. The project is located at 8125 Washington Boulevard, Jessup, in Howard County. Written comments, requests for a public informational hearing and requests to be included on the interested persons list may be sent by November 30, 2021 to the Maryland Department of the Environment, Attn: Debra Correia, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230 or at debra.correia@maryland.gov or 410-537-3900. Any further notices concerning actions on the application will be provided only by mail to those persons on the interested persons list. Please refer to Subsection 5-907 of the Annotated Code of Maryland or the Code of Maryland Regulations 26.23.02 for information regarding the application process.

  

Prince George’s County

 

202161394/21-NT-0448: WERRLEIN WSSC LLC, 522 Defense Highway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, has applied for the redevelopment of a vacant Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) administrative facility & associated parking lots into a single-family residential subdivision with associated infrastructure. The applicant has also proposed to provide floodplain compensation for the area being filled. The project will permanently impact 498 square feet of nontidal wetland, 4,914 square feet of the 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, and 2.36 acres of the 100-year nontidal floodplain. The project is proposed on the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River (Use I). The project location is 4017 Hamilton Street Hyattsville, MD 20781; at the intersection of 40th place and Gallatin Street in Prince George’s County. Written comments, requests for a public informational hearing and requests to be included on the interested persons list may be sent by December 15, 2021 to the Maryland Department of the Environment, Attn: Ryan Din, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230 or ryan.din@maryland.gov or 410-537-4247. Any further notices concerning actions on the application will be provided only by mail to those persons on the interested persons list. Please refer to Subsection 5-907 of the Annotated Code of Maryland or the Code of Maryland Regulations 26.23.02 and 26.17.04 for information regarding the application process.

 
 

Tidal Wetlands Division - (410) 537-3571

 

Kent County

 

202160896/21-WL-0641: SAFE HARBOR MARINA c/o Peter Clark at 14785 Preston Road Ste. 975, Dallas, Texas 75254 has applied to (A) construct and backfill 787 linear feet of replacement timber bulkhead within a maximum of 18 inches channelward of a deteriorated bulkhead in addition to (B) reconfigure the Great Oak Landing LLC marina located in the tidal waters of Fairlee Creek at 22170 Great Oak Landing Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. The reconfiguration proposes to: (1) remove all fixed piers and piles at docks F and G, remove the dock extension and piles on Dock D, and remove the existing 6.5-foot wide by 56-foot long travel lift pier; (2) Dock D: construct a 362-foot long by 8-foot wide main floating pier, with a 130-foot long by 8-foot wide floating “T” head, six 70-foot long by 7-foot wide floating finger piers, six 60-foot long by 6-foot wide floating finger piers and install 42 mooring piles to create 26 slips, all within a maximum of 660-feet channel ward of the mean high water line; (3) Dock F: construct a 494-foot long by 8-foot wide main floating pier, with a 128-foot long by 8-foot wide floating “T” head, eight 60-foot long by 6-foot wide floating finger piers, eight 50-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers, six 40-foot long by 4-foot wide floating finger piers and install 59 mooring piles to create 46 slips, all within a maximum of 610 feet channel ward of the mean high water line; (4) Dock G: construct a 486-foot long by 8-foot wide floating main pier, with a 128 foot-long by 8-foot wide floating “T” head, eight 60-foot long by 6-foot wide floating finger pier, eight 50-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers, six 40-foot long by 4-foot wide floating finger piers and to install 58 mooring piles to create 46 slips, all within a maximum of 640-feet channelward of the mean high water line; (5) Dock H: construct a 10-foot by 138-foot “L” head floating pier extension attached to the existing 10-foot wide by 55-foot long H dock, all to extend no more than 180-feet channelward of the of the existing bulkhead; (6) Travel Lift: widen the existing travel lift well from 22.9-feet wide to 30.75-feet wide, by removing the existing Southern travel lift pier, and constructing a 6.5-foot wide by 56-foot long travel lift pier 7.85-feet southwest from its previous location, all to extend no more than 56-feet channelward of the of the existing bulkhead. For more information, please contact Andrew Belfield at Andrew.Belfield@Maryland.gov or 410-537-3514.


 

Prince George’s County

 

202160863/21-WL-0624: SMOOT HARBOR, LLC at 12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400, Fairfax, Virginia 22033 has applied to maintenance hydraulic or mechanical dredge a 7.29 acre approach and channel area to a depth of 10.84 feet at mean low water and transport 5800 cubic yards of dredge material; all dredge material to be transported via barge to a site known as the Piney Reclamation located at 12065 Forgotten Farm Place, Waldorf 20602 in Charles County, Maryland. The purpose of the project is to maintain navigation to Smoot Harbor. The proposed project is located within the tidal waters of the Smoot Harbor off the Potomac River along the shoreline of 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor Maryland 20745 in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County. The Public Notice period begins November 15, 2021 and ends on December 2, 2021. For more information, please contact Melissa McCanna at Melissa.mccanna@maryland.gov or at 410-537-4053.


202160863/-WP-0625: SMOOT HARBOR, LLC at 12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400, Fairfax, Virginia 22033 has applied to authorize regulated activities in private tidal waters of the Potomac River at Smoot Bay to upgrade, expand and reconfigure the present pier system to increase the number and size of marina slips; construct a new boat ramp and add visitor amenities; and maintain and improve navigable access at National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Prince Georges County, Maryland. The proposed project is located within the tidal waters of the Smoot Harbor off the Potomac River along the shoreline of 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor Maryland 20745 in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Melissa McCanna at Melissa.McCanna@maryland.gov or at 410-537-4053. The proposed project, which has been divided into seven separate categories, is described below.
(A) Heritage Cove (SHA Piers): (1) Pier B, (Western “SHA” pier): Extend the existing pier landward 19 feet by 10 feet wide to connect the pier to uplands; construct one 252-foot long by 10.5-foot wide floating pier with associated gangway, and a 36-foot long by 10.5 foot East/West connector near-shore platform, a 60-foot long by 15-foot wide "L" head platform with associated gangways attached to the pier, and five 40-foot long by 7-foot wide floating finger piers; install eight 40-foot long by 18.5-foot wide boatlifts, emplace up to 16 mooring piles, construct a roof system over all the lifts to create eight covered boat slips, all extending a maximum of 295 feet channelward of the mean high water line. (2) Pier A, (Eastern “SHA” pier): Construct a 252-foot long by 10.5-foot wide floating pier, a 60-foot long by 15-foot wide "L" head platform with associated gangways attached to the pier; construct five 40-foot long by 7-foot wide floating finger piers, install eight 40-foot long by 18.5-foot wide boatlifts, emplace 16 mooring piles, construct a roof system over all the lifts to create eight covered boat slips, all extending a maximum of 295 feet channelward of the mean high water line.
(B) North Pier, North Marina: (1) Remove one 95-foot long by 4-foot wide floating pier; (2) Construct two 100-foot long by 100-foot wide platforms with tensile roof structures attached to an existing pier a maximum of 680 feet channelward of the mean high water line; (3) Construct two floating piers connected to an existing fixed pier with the following dimensions: 286-foot long by 12-foot wide with associated gangway, and 397-foot long by 12-foot wide with associated gang way, extending a maximum of 730 feet from the mean high water line.
(C) South Pier, North Marina: (1) Pier 2: Construct a 249-foot by 10-foot wide floating pier extension with a 130-foot by 10-foot “T” head platform, eleven 60-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers, and one 60-foot long by 8-foot wide finger pier. (2) Pier 3: Construct a 249-foot long by 10-foot wide floating pier extension with a 130-foot by 10-foot “T” head platform, and eight 60-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers. (3) Pier 4: Construct a 249-foot long by 10-foot wide floating pier extension with a 61-foot by 10-foot “L” head platform, and four 60-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers, all extending a maximum of 750 feet from the mean high water line.
(D) Gaylord Pier: (1) Construct two 60-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers attached to the existing fixed pier and emplace 3 mooring piles extending a maximum of 284 feet from the mean high water line; (2) Construct associated gangways over existing floating structures, extending a maximum of 400 feet from the mean high water line.
(E) South Marina Boat Ramp: (1.) Construct a 61-foot long by 68-foot wide 4 lane boat ramp with two fixed 154-foot long by 8-foot wide launching piers with two 180-foot long sheet pile groins under the pier decking.
(F) South Marina. Construct a floating pier system creating 162 additional boat slips as follows: (1) Remove a 93-foot long by 12-foot wide floating T-head; (2) Construct a 314-foot long by 10-foot wide main access pier comprised of an existing 47-foot long by 10-foot wide South Marina pier with a 12-foot long by 10-foot wide floating pier, and a 255-foot long by 10-foot wide floating pier to be attached to an existing landward concrete pier and steel gangway; (3) Construct four 210-foot long by 8-foot wide floating piers (Piers A, B, C and F) with forty-two 28-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers; (4) Construct two 390-foot long by 8-foot wide floating piers (Piers D and E) with thirty nine 28-foot long by 5-foot wide floating finger piers; (5) Construct a 610-foot long wave screen attached to Piers A and D, and construct a 128-foot long by 16-foot wide wave attenuator at the western end of Pier D, all extending a maximum of 420 feet from the mean high water line.
(G) Smoot Cove: (1) Install eighteen mooring buoys with a 100-foot mooring radius west of the Heritage Cove piers and to extend a maximum of 1,300 feet channel ward of the approximate mean high water line; (2) Install nine mooring buoys with a 140-foot mooring radius south of the Heritage Cove piers to extend a maximum of 700 feet channel ward of the mean high water line; (3) Install three mooring buoys with a 100-foot mooring radius east of the Gaylord Pier and to extend a maximum of 200 feet channel ward of the approximate mean high water line; and (4) Install five mooring buoys with a 100-foot mooring radius east of the South Pier/North Marina and to extend a maximum of 200 feet channel ward of the approximate mean high water line.
(H) Dredging. Mechanically or hydraulically dredge the following areas, all dredge material to be transported via truck to a site known to a site known as the Piney Reclamation located at 12065 Forgotten Farm Place, Waldorf 20602 in Charles County, Maryland. (1) Dredge a portion of a 1.37 acre approach/navigation channel area to a depth of 10.84 feet at mean low water MLW and a 0.14 acre area to excavate the South Marina Boat Ramp to a depth of 4.84 feet at MLW and transport 7,150 cubic yards of dredge material; (2) Dredge an 8.48 acre area of a channel and mooring area to a depth of 10.84 feet at MLW and transport up to 13,100 cubic yards of dredge material. (3) Provide periodic maintenance dredging for a period of six years of previously dredged channel and mooring areas to maintain the following depths: (3.i) A 9.8 acre area to a depth of 4.84 feet at MLW; (3.ii) A 25.8 acre area to a depth of 7.84 feet at MLW, and (3.iii) A 42.41 acre area to a depth of 10.84 feet at MLW.

 

Dorchester County - EFFECTIVE 10/22/2021

 

202160895/21-WL-0640/21-WQC-0331/MDOT Maryland Port Administration, Amanda Peñafiel, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 has applied to restore a remote island habitat at Barren Island, which is located in Dorchester County adjacent to Upper Hoopers Island. The project is the smaller portion of the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project and will include the restoration of approximately 83 acres of wetlands, construction of approximately 13,023 linear feet of new and modified stone sills and 4,620 linear feet of segmented breakwater to immediately provide increased protection to the eroding Barren Island and to the potential submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) habitat to the east of Barren Island, and installation of 2 bird nesting habitat islands (approximately 8.5 acres total). Approximately 52,500 cubic yards of material that is unsuitable for construction foundation will be dredged from the northeast Barren Island stone sill location to an approximate depth of 7 feet and will be placed hydraulically or mechanically within the confined area behind the constructed stone sills at Barren Island. Approximately 429,000 cubic yards of authorized maintenance material dredged from small local federal navigation channels will be placed behind the confining stone sills up to the mean high water elevation to construct the wetlands. Wetlands will include low and high marsh plantings as well as intertidal mudflats. During final wetland planning, current conditions will be evaluated with respect to sea level rise projections and determinations of sustainable marsh elevations to identify high to low marsh ratios. A public hearing for only the proposed work listed in this public notice is being held to gather information and hear testimony to assist the Department in making a determination regarding an application for a wetlands license and permits. A public hearing was scheduled at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department (1154 Taylors Island Rd, Madison, MD 21648) at 6:30 PM on November 15, 2021, with an informational poster session held from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM but has been CANCELLED. A NEW hearing date is planned to be held, if one is requested by the public during the open public comment period from October 22, 2021 to November 29, 2021 by 5:00 pm. The informational public hearing is pre-scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on January 6, 2022 at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, 1154 Taylors Island Rd, Madison, MD 21648. The pre-scheduled hearing will be cancelled if no hearing requests are received by 5 pm on November 29, 2021. A poster session/display will be available from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM where project drawings can be reviewed and MDOT Maryland Port Administration representatives will also be available to answer questions. Please check the Department's website for updates on the hearing status at the followinglink:
https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/WetlandsandWaterways/Pages/BarrenIsland.aspx
Written comments and requests to be included on the interested persons list may be sent by November 29, 2021 to the Maryland Department of the Environment attention of Mary Phipps-Dickerson, 407 Race Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 or at Mary.Phipps-Dickerson@maryland.gov or 410-901-4033. Any further notices concerning actions on the application will be provided only by mail to those persons on the interested persons list.

 
 

Water Quality Certification - (410) 537-3837

 

Dorchester County - EFFECTIVE 10/22/2021

 

202160895/21-WL-0640/21-WQC-0331/MDOT Maryland Port Administration, Amanda Peñafiel, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 has applied to restore a remote island habitat at Barren Island, which is located in Dorchester County adjacent to Upper Hoopers Island. The project is the smaller portion of the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project and will include the restoration of approximately 83 acres of wetlands, construction of approximately 13,023 linear feet of new and modified stone sills and 4,620 linear feet of segmented breakwater to immediately provide increased protection to the eroding Barren Island and to the potential submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) habitat to the east of Barren Island, and installation of 2 bird nesting habitat islands (approximately 8.5 acres total). Approximately 52,500 cubic yards of material that is unsuitable for construction foundation will be dredged from the northeast Barren Island stone sill location to an approximate depth of 7 feet and will be placed hydraulically or mechanically within the confined area behind the constructed stone sills at Barren Island. Approximately 429,000 cubic yards of authorized maintenance material dredged from small local federal navigation channels will be placed behind the confining stone sills up to the mean high water elevation to construct the wetlands. Wetlands will include low and high marsh plantings as well as intertidal mudflats. During final wetland planning, current conditions will be evaluated with respect to sea level rise projections and determinations of sustainable marsh elevations to identify high to low marsh ratios. A public hearing for only the proposed work listed in this public notice is being held to gather information and hear testimony to assist the Department in making a determination regarding an application for a wetlands license and permits. A public hearing was scheduled at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department (1154 Taylors Island Rd, Madison, MD 21648) at 6:30 PM on November 15, 2021, with an informational poster session held from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM but has been CANCELLED. A NEW hearing date is planned to be held, if one is requested by the public during the open public comment period from October 22, 2021 to November 29, 2021 by 5:00 pm. The informational public hearing is pre-scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on January 6, 2022 at the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, 1154 Taylors Island Rd, Madison, MD 21648. The pre-scheduled hearing will be cancelled if no hearing requests are received by 5 pm on November 29, 2021. A poster session/display will be available from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM where project drawings can be reviewed and MDOT Maryland Port Administration representatives will also be available to answer questions. Please check the Department's website for updates on the hearing status at the followinglink:
https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/WetlandsandWaterways/Pages/BarrenIsland.aspx
Written comments and requests to be included on the interested persons list may be sent by November 29, 2021 to the Maryland Department of the Environment attention of Mary Phipps-Dickerson, 407 Race Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 or at Mary.Phipps-Dickerson@maryland.gov or 410-901-4033. Any further notices concerning actions on the application will be provided only by mail to those persons on the interested persons list.

 
 
 
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