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Published Aug. 29, 2022
Expiration date: 9/27/2022

NAME OF APPLICANT:  Florida Marine Transporters c/o John Maurin of Lanier & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., 4101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115.      

LOCATION OF WORK:  In the Mississippi River, Right Descending Bank, River Mile 218.5 right descending bank, east of Morrisonville, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish, within the Mississippi River Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08070100), as shown on the attached drawings (Latitude 30.342499 N, Longitude -91.183888 W).

CHARACTER OF WORK: The applicant has requested Department of the Army authorization to install, operate, and maintain a barge fleet to include two blocks of barges moored in place with a head anchor and pull chain on a seven-spar barge string with a tail anchor and chain.  The maximum size of the fleet will be two blocks consisting of seven tiers, nine barges wide (126 barges total). Approximately 20.25 acres of traditionally navigable waterways would be impacted by the fleet. It is anticipated that the proposed action would have minimal impact on adjacent wetlands as all work will be performed from vessels in the waterway and no access to or from the adjacent wetlands is proposed.   

The applicant proposes to avoid additional direct impacts and minimize secondary impacts to the maximum extent practicable by avoiding all adjacent wetlands, limiting the activity to the designated over-water work areas at the site of the proposed fleet, and through compliance with all U.S. Coast Guard navigational requirements. No compensatory mitigation has been proposed as this project does not include impacts to wetlands.