Who: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, along with various state agencies and stakeholders, will be discussing the recently issued Managed Tidal Impoundment General Permit.
What: A permit announcement with the Charleston District, Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation and various other stakeholders.
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Nemours Plantation, 161 Nemours Plantation Road, Yemassee, SC 29945 (U.S. Highway 17 S at the crossing of the Combahee River)
Why: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, developed and issued a regional general permit for certain types of work necessary to maintain managed tidal impoundments. These impoundments are often located on historic plantations which were formerly used for the rice culture. The permit is the first of its kind for the District and was developed to authorize certain legitimate emergency response procedures and for the routine and normal maintenance and repair activities of managed rice tidal fields.
The goal of this new permit was to save critical time for the applicant on routine and normal maintenance or emergency repair activity. Previously, either the work had to be done under a nationwide permit or the applicant had to apply for an individual Department of the Army permit for each activity. This can take even longer to obtain and also requires the applicant to apply to the Office of Coastal Resource Management for their permit. This time savings was imperative because in emergency situations an embankment failure could occur while waiting for the permit as well as expediting routine and normal activities necessary for the continued management of these areas.
Release no. 12-0801