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Published March 8, 2021
Expiration date: 3/29/2021

NAME OF APPLICANT Sunset Farms, LLC., c/o Pangea Conservation & Compliance, LLC, Attn: Leonard McCauley, P.O. Box 40345, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70835

LOCATION OF WORK:  On an approximate 121.69-acre tract, located along and south of Rosedale Road, and along and north of Bayou Choctaw, within the Lower Mississippi River Basin, Lower Grand hydrologic unit (HUC 08070300), near Port Allen, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish (Latitude 30.4739 N, Longitude -91.3783 W).

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 and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.  All legal issues concerning the unauthorized work have been deferred.

CHARACTER OF WORK:  The applicant has requested an after-the-fact permit for the installation and maintenance of access roads, laydown areas, and culverts for access to an existing shop area on a residential lot.  The application also requests an after-the-fact permit for the construction of an approximate 50-foot x 12-foot dock, with an attached 3-foot x 20-foot pier and 12-foot x 10-foot access walkway.  Approximately 11.0 acres of jurisdictional forested wetlands were impacted prior to obtaining a Department of the Army permit authorization.  Of these wetland impacts, approximately 7.7 acres are proposed to be restored and replanted with appropriate wetland tree species.  The New Orleans District’s Surveillance and Enforcement Section has accepted the applicant’s restoration and replanting plan.  Approximately 3.8 acres of jurisdictional forested wetlands (3.7 acres impacted without a permit and 0.1 acre of new forested wetland impacts) are to be impacted as a result of project implementation.  Approximately 120 cubic yards of native onsite material and 60 cubic yards of hauled in gravel material would be placed as fill material in jurisdictional areas.  Five (5) 24-inch, two (2) 18-inch, one (1) 16-inch, and seven (7) 12-inch culverts have been installed along the existing access roads through wetland areas to maintain hydrologic connectivity.   The proposed project purpose is for access to an existing residential lot, Bayou Choctaw, and existing shop along the upland area along the spoil bank of Bayou Choctaw.

          The applicant stated that the impacted area has been minimized through the proposed restoration and replanting of approximately 7.7 acres of the forested wetland habitat areas that were impacted without a Department of the Army permit.  The applicant has stated that any unavoidable impacts to jurisdictional wetlands would be compensated through the purchasing of appropriate wetland credits at a Corps approved mitigation bank.

          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