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Environmental Protection Division Public Notice Watershed Protection Branch

May 8, 2023 Pierce & Ware Counties

Advisory Close Date – June 6, 2023
Control Number – BV-148-23-01

Bridge Replacement on SR 38/US 84 over Satilla River & Satilla River Overflow (GPS Coordinates: 31.238384, -82.323189)

This notice is issued to inform the public of a receipt of an application for a variance submitted pursuant to a state environmental Law. The public isinvited to comment during the 30-day period on the proposed activity. Site plans are available for review and are located in the following EPD office: Watershed Protection Branch File Room, 2 MLK Jr. Drive, SW, West Tower, Balcony, Suite 418, Atlanta, GA 30334. Please contact to schedule an appointment to review the plans. Since the EPD has no authority to zone property or determine land use, only those comments addressing environmental issues related to air, water, and land protection will be considered in the application review process. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to: Comments may also be provided in writing to: Program Manager, Nonpoint Source Program, Erosion and Sedimentation Control, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Suite 1452 East, Atlanta, GA 30334. The words “Buffer Variance Comment”, including the Control Number shown above, should be placed in the e-mail subject line (if sent via e-mail) or on the top of the first page of written comments to ensure that your comments will be forwarded to the appropriate staff.

Type of Permit Application: Variance to encroach within the 25-foot State waters buffer.
Applicable Law: Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act O.C.G.A. § 12-7-1 et seq.
Applicable Rules: Erosion and Sedimentation Control Chapter 391-3-7
Basis under which variance shall be considered {391-3-7.05 (2)(a-k)}: (a) & (h)
Description and Location of Proposed Activity:

The proposed project will impact the buffer of Intermittent Stream (IS) 1 (drains to Satilla River). The project will replace the SR 38/US 84 bridge over the Satilla River (PS 6) and the SR 38/US 84 overflow bridge in Pierce and Ware Counties. The project will impact the state mandated 25-ft buffer within the Satilla River Watershed (HUC 03070201). The disturbance will cover 18,452 square feet and include grading and fill for roadside slopes, installation of guardrail, construction and removal of a temporary haul road, clearing and grubbing for
construction access, and the installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Summary of Rules Requirements for Variance Application:
The application for a variance must include an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan with control measures based on sound conservation and engineering practices which meet or exceed the standards in the “Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia” and which will minimize erosion and deposition of sediments on adjacent lands or into State waters.

For Additional Information Contact:
Josh Hanselman, Environmental Compliance Specialist
EPD, Watershed Protection Branch
Non-Point Source Program
2 MLK Jr. Dr. SW, Suite 1462 East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Telephone: (470) 524-0599


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