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MVN-2021-00045-CG

PN ALL
Published Oct. 25, 2021
Expiration date: 11/13/2021

NAME OF APPLICANT:  Southern Aggregates, c/o Lee Womack of Matrix New World Engineering, 2798 O’Neal Lane, Building F, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

LOCATION OF WORK:  West of the Amite River and crossing Spring Branch and Collins Creek, south of Louisiana Highway 10 near Clinton, Louisiana, in East Feliciana and St. Helena Parishes, within the Pontchartrain Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08070202), as shown on the attached drawings (Latitude 30.879705 N, Longitude -90.860734 W).   

CHARACTER OF WORK: The applicant has requested Department of the Army authorization to clear, grade, excavate and deposit fill and/or aggregate material to construct and maintain a sand and gravel mining facility (Plant 19) to include 228.46 acres of mining areas, a wash plant, stockpile area, protective berms, appurtenant roads, railcar spans, and drainage infrastructure.   Approximately 2,395,783.87 CY of overburden will be used in the construction of the berms, proposed roads, and wash plant area. Approx. 12,347,501.47 CY of sand/gravel material is proposed to be excavated during the life of the mine. The proposed project is situated on an approximately 593.09-acre tract.  A preliminary analysis has determined wetlands to be present at the project site; however, extent of coverage and impacts is undetermined at this time pending a verified wetland delineation. 

The applicant proposes to avoid additional direct impacts and minimize secondary impacts by maintaining a 50-foot vegetated buffer around avoided jurisdictional wetlands, constructing earthen berms between wetland buffers and mining areas, and designing the project to avoid Amite River impacts completely. Railcars spanning the top banks of creeks will avoid impacts to those water bottoms and in areas outside of the crossings, a minimum 100-foot vegetated buffer will be maintained around each perennial creek. The applicant will utilize best management practices for erosion and siltation control during and after the construction phase of the project, limit the construction activity to the designated construction areas onsite, and dispose of all removed fill and vegetation not approved as fill material to an off-site, non-jurisdictional location or burned onsite in the mining areas. If authorized, the project will receive approval from all appropriate local drainage authorities. As compensation for any unavoidable wetland impacts, the applicant will use a Corps approved mitigation bank within the watershed of impact in accordance with the 2008 Federal Compensatory Mitigation Rule.