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Published Oct. 25, 2021
Expiration date: 11/23/2021

NAME OF APPLICANT:  Grace Family Farms, Attn: Joseph B. Grace, 24455 WL Grace Road, Plaquemine, LA 70764.      

LOCATION OF WORK:  On an approximate 11.3-acre existing sand mining site within the Mississippi River batture, along the right descending bank of the Mississippi River, near river mile 221, near Morrisonville, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish, within the Mississippi River Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08070100), as shown on the attached drawings (Latitude 30.33463 N, Longitude -91.22418 W).   

CHARACTER OF WORK:  The applicant has requested a five year time extension to continue dirt pit operations previously authorized under a Department of the Army permit to continue commercial dirt pit operations on an approximate 11.3-acre existing dirt pit (Grace Family Dirt Pit).  Approximately 11.3 acres of batture would be impacted as a result of the project for dirt pits and access areas.  The project area has been mined for dirt material since the 1950’s.  The borrow pits would be excavated to a depth of approximately 20 feet below grade and will maintain an approximate 200 foot buffer from the Mississippi River to an approximate 100 foot buffer from the existing levee borrow ditch along the western boundary of the project site.  The dirt pit side slopes will be maintained at a 3:1 ratio.  The dirt pits are expected to recharge through natural deposition of material from the Mississippi River during high water events.  No compensatory mitigation is being proposed to batture habitat due to the site containing only dirt material and is part of previously authorized dirt pit operations.   

The applicant proposes to avoid additional direct impacts and minimize secondary impacts (to wetlands) to the maximum extent practicable by utilizing best management practices for erosion and siltation control during and after the construction phase of the project.