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SAVANNAH HARBOR, GEORGIA

COMPREHENSIVE STUDY

ATTACHMENT 2

PERTINENT CORRESPONDENCE

Organization

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources,
5 September 1991,
Section 401 Water Quality Certification
Georgia Department of Natural Resources,
22 November 1991,
Section 401 Water Quality Certification
Georgia office of Planning and Budget,
7 February 1992,
State clearinghouse Review of
Final Interim feasibility Report and EIS
Attachments:

Georgia Ports Authority, 2 December 1991.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 21 January

1992.

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Georgia office of Planning and Budget,
2 April 1992,
State Budget with Bonding Authority
for Deepening Project .

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Georgia Ports Authority,
3 March 1992,
Support for Plan 1 -42,
Local Sponsor Intent to cost Share

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Governor, State of South Carolina,
15 January 1992,
Comments on Final Interim Feasibility Report and EIS
Attachments:
South Carolina Wildlife & Marine Resources Department,

10 January 1992.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental

Control, 6 December 1991.
Lowcountry Council of Governments, 23 November 1991.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 26

November 1991.
South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, 21 November

1991.
Governor's Division of Energy, Agriculture and Natural

Resources, 2 January 1992.

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and Envirum.
6 December 1991,
Section 401 Water Quality Certification .
South Carolina Coastal Council,
22 October 1982,
Coastal Zone Management consistency
South Carolina Coastal Council,
3 May 1988,
Coastal Zone Management consistency
South Carolina Coastal Council,
9 December 1991,
Comments on Final Interim Feasibility Report and EIS
Attachment:

South Carolina Coastal Council, 30 August 1991.
South Carolina Coastal Council,
20 January 1992,
Relocation of Outfalls from the Wright River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District,
28 January 1992,
Request Mediation of Coastal Zone Management
Consistency by U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA,
office of Ocean and coastal Resource Management
u.s. Department of Commerce, NOAA,
National Marine Fisheries Service,
6 January 1992,
Comments on Savannah Harbor Deepening Project
U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA,
National Ocean Service,
6 February 1992,
Negotiations of coastal Zone Management Consistency ·
U.S. Department of the Interior,
21 January 1992,
Comments on Final Interim Feasibility Report and EIS
U.S. Department of Transportation, u.s. Coast Guard,
10 January 1992,
Comments on Final Interim Feasibility Report and EIS

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
10 January 1992,
Comments on Final Interim Feasibility Report and EIS
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
27 February 1992,
Ocean Disposal of Dredged Material

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(Georgia Department * Natural Resources

205 Butler Street, S.E., East Floyl tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Jon D. Tonner, Commission

Harold F. Rahoit, Director Environmental Protection Division

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District-Planning division
Post Office Box 889
Savannah, Georgia 31402-0889

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ATTN: Colonel Donald Halzwarth

RE:

Water Quality Certification
Savannah Harbor Deepening
Chatham County

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Dear colonel Halzwarth:

Pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, the State of Georgia issues this certification to 0. s. Army Corps of Engineers, an applicant for a Federal permit or license to conduct an activity in, on or adjacent to the waters of the State of Georgia.

The State of Georgia certifies that there is no applicable provision of Section 301; no limitation under Section 302; no standard under Section 306; and no standard under Section 307, for the applicant's activity. The State of Georgia further certifies that the applicant's activity will comply with all applicable provisions of Section 303.

This certification contingent upon the following conditions: 1. All work performed during construction will be done in a

so as not to violate applicable water quality standards. No oils, grease, materials or other pollutants will be discharged from the construction activities which reach

public waters. 3. No dredging will be conducted during the striped bass

spawning period from March 16 to May 31 of each year. 4. Before any dredging can be conducted during the period

July 1 to September 30, the applicant must secure approval from the Environmental Protection Division of a plan for monitoring of dissolved oxygen in the vicinity

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of the dredging site. The plan must include provisions for suspension of dredging during any periods when D.o. values drop below 3.0 mg/1. Results of this monitoring must be submitted to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the Georgia Game and Fish Division, and the Georgia Coastal Resources Division within 30 days of the completion of each dredging operation. If the applicant does not maintain a satisfactory record of compliance with this condition, the Environmental Protection Division may prohibit all dredging during the period July

i to September 30 upon written notice to the applicant. 5. Hopper dredging should be conducted during December

through March. These are the times when sea turtles are least abundant in the area of the Savannah ship Channel. Dredging should not be conducted outside these months without implementation of a conservation plan approved by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This plan should include trawling to remove turtles from the path of the

dredge. 6. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recommends

that a systematic trawl survey of the Savannah Channel be conducted to confirm the distribution and abundance of turtles in the channel in winter. Data from this survey is to be used to better delineate the times when dredging

is least likely to impact sea turtles. 7. During December through March, dredge and support vessel

speeds should be limited to less than 5 knots during nighttime operations. A trained whale observer should be on watch during daylight hours. If daily aerial surveys

conducted for right whales, the nighttime vessel speed limitation would only need to be enforced when a whale, was spotted within 15 miles of the project area

during the previous daily survey. 8. The removal of the tide gate in the Savannah Back River

and the back fill of New Cut as proposed in the Joint Public Notice dated June 26, 1991 will be conducted prior to or concurrently with the deepening of the Savannah River Harbor Channel as proposed in the Joint Public

Notice of April 19, 1991. It is your responsibility to submit this certification to the appropriate Federal agency.

Sincerely,

are

Haldanelas

Harald F. Reheis
Director

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