STATEMENT OF ISSUE
: The applicant, Sea Island Acquisition, LLC is proposing to construct a new rock T-head groin and to discharge dredged beach material into waters of the U.S. (Atlantic Ocean and intertidal zone) on Sea Island, in Glynn County, Georgia. The applicant’s project purpose is to stabilize an eroding beach and provide storm protection of the adjacent uplands.
: The application was received on October 15, 2015. After receipt of additional information, the Savannah District issued a Public Notice on December 16, 2015. The Savannah District received over 100 comments, with over 95% opposed to the project. Most of the concerns were related to erosion occurring on the island due to the previous shoreline hardening and the proposed project’s potential to exacerbate erosion issues.
On March 24, 2016, the Savannah District requested additional information necessary to continue the evaluation of the application including a draft Biological Assessment for Threatened and Endangered species, response to comments, and an alternatives analysis. On May 10, 2017, the Savannah District initiated consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Based on information provided by the applicant and internal Corps’ coordination, the Savannah District determined that the proposed project would not exacerbate erosion occurring on the island but additional information is necessary to document cumulative impacts including the amount and type of beach quality sand available to complete this project and the proposed renourishment.
: The Savannah District is actively coordinating with the applicant and is drafting a request for additional information. Additionally, the beach at this location experienced substantial erosion impacts from Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma. Additional coordination is expected from the applicant regarding the repair of damaged uplands.
: Sarah Wise, Regulatory Branch, (912) 652-5550.