Georgia DNR has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks
Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Georgia DNR has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.
The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.
“The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”
The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.
Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.
The ACA will be hosting the 2016 National Paddlesports Conference in Sausalito, California November 11-13th!
This will be a fun and family friendly event for those of all ages!
Additional highlights of the National Paddlesports Conference include the following:
- Exciting events for paddlers of all experience levels
- Family paddling opportunities
- High quality educational sessions
- Paddle Green (clean up) events
- Instructor updates
- Instructor Trainer Update Workshop
- Beginner and advanced navigation classes
- Focus on kayaking and SUPs
- Kayak camping trip
- Hiking, fishing, & biking opportunities
- And so much more…
Registration opens this Friday, August 19. Please visit www.americancanoe.org/NPC for more information!
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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) formal draft rule for how coal ash will be stored in Georgia will be voted on by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board of Directors on October 26, 2016. These rules do not adequately address coal ash stored in the more than 45 Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills across Georgia and fail to properly protect our groundwater.
Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal in power plants to produce electricity, and it contains toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead, and many other harmful chemicals and carcinogens. Coal ash also contains radioactive materials that become more dangerous as quantities of coal ash are concentrated in one location. Georgia’s MSW landfills were NOT designed to store large quantities of coal ash, and EPD’s current rule won’t require adequate monitoring for pollutants in groundwater.
Power companies are looking to dump coal ask in MSW landfills to avoid state and federal regulations. Because the EPD rules do not apply equally to MSW landfills, dumping coal ash in MSW landfills in Georgia instead of building new, adequate facilities has become an attractive option. Unfortunately, much of this coal ash is being moved to landfills in small, rural communities. While lined landfills are much better storage facilities for coal ash, the quantity being moved into these small landfills is staggering and in certain places is a threat to ground and surface water.
To ensure that coal ash is stored safely across Georgia, the members of the DNR Board need to remove the exemption for MSW landfills from the EPD rules and require monitoring of drinking wells within a one-half mile radius of landfills and coal ash pits storing coal ash.
The members of the DNR Board need to hear from you about your concerns regarding the storage of large quantities of coal ash in less-regulated MSW landfills. Please email them your thoughts today!
Take action by October 20.
Kayakers, Canoeists, all Paddlers! Come hear Suzanne Welander, noted paddler and co-author of “Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia”, as she speaks on her love of paddling at the bi-monthly meeting of the Georgia Wilderness Society, Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm at the Ole Times Country Buffet Restaurant at 1343 Gray Highway in Macon. There is no charge for the program and copies of the Georgia paddling guidebook will be available for purchase!