NAME OF APPLICANT: Bethany Church, c/o D & S Environmental Services, Inc., Attn: David Templet, P.O. Box 510, French Settlement, Louisiana 70733.
LOCATION OF WORK: Section 47, T6S-R3E, approximately 0.7 mile north of I-12 on Juban Road, in Denham Springs, Louisiana, in Livingston Parish, within the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08070202), as shown on the attached drawings.
The work described below was partially completed prior to obtaining a Department of the Army permit and was in violation of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act. All legal issues concerning the unauthorized work have since been deferred.
CHARACTER OF WORK: The applicant has requested Department of the Army authorization to clear, grade, excavate, and deposit fill to construct and maintain a church facility to include one commercial building with parking, sidewalks, green space, ingress/egress access, and three storm water detention ponds. Approximately 0.68 acre of wetlands onsite have been impacted by clearing activities which included redistribution of native soil. Approximately 5,510 cubic yards of earthen material, lime treated base, concrete, and stone rip-rap would be hauled in and deposited to achieve required grade elevation requirements. The proposed project is situated on an approximate 9.5-acre tract that has been determined to contain approximately 3.9 acres of forested and herbaceous wetlands. All 3.9 acres of wetlands would be used in construction of the proposed church.
A Preliminary analysis has determined that the proposed project would directly impact approximately 3.9 acres of forested and herbaceous wetlands.
The applicant stated that they have designed the project to avoid and minimize direct and secondary adverse impacts to the maximum extent practicable. Any further reduction would limit usage of the property and, therefore deem the project impracticable. As compensation for unavoidable wetland impacts, the applicant proposes to mitigate in-kind wetland credits from a Corps approved mitigation bank located in the watershed.
The applicant may be required to fully or partially restore the project site to pre-project conditions, if issuance of a permit is determined to be contrary to the overall public interest.