State 404 Program Public Notices for Mining Projects
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The applicant seeks authorization to discharge dredge or fill material in approximately 16.32 acres of forested wetlands, of which 0.98 acres are isolated, and 0.61 acres of isolated other surface waters in order to create additional mining areas at an existing lime rock mine for mine pit expansion and to construct a settling pond and outfall structure. An additional 0.70 acres may be affected by secondary impacts. The project will expand the existing mine boundary by approximately 200.54 acres within a 407.29-acre property area. All wetlands and surface waters delineated using Chapter 62-340, F.A.C. and regulated under Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S. were accepted as waters of the United States. Proposed direct impacts are to 16.32 acres of hardwood bottomland forested wetlands and 0.61 acres of manmade borrow area. This includes approximately 0.08 acres of mostly temporary impacts associated with construction of the outfall structure. An additional 0.70 acres of hardwood bottomland forested wetlands may be affected by secondary impacts. Proposed mitigation is through a permittee responsible mitigation project approximately 0.5 miles to the south and placement of a conservation easement over the approximately 18.2 acres of avoided on-site hardwood bottomland forested wetlands. The off-site mitigation includes restoration, enhancement and creation of wetland and supporting upland habitats within a 44.18-acre former lime rock mine adjacent to the Chipola River. Mitigation activities include creation of 17.73 acres of forested wetlands, enhancement of 8.11 acres of forested wetlands and 4.91 acres of lakes, and enhancement/restoration of 13.43 acres of adjacent forested uplands.
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