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- Find a boat ramp?
- Find out about coastal critters?
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Welcome to Georgia’s Coastal Resources Division Website
Coastal Georgia is a region rich in history, beauty, mystery and natural wonders. Cultures have mixed here for ages, just as the rivers mix with the sea. With its large tidal ranges, vast salt marshes and picturesque barrier islands, coastal Georgia has drawn people throughout history.
The Coastal Resources Division is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia's coastal marshes, beaches, waters, and marine fisheries resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Division's service area extends from the inland reach of the tidal waters to three miles offshore.
Georgia’s territorial waters will re-open to commercial and recreational shellfish harvest effective 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 28, 2016. GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams closed shellfish harvest in state waters October 7th in anticipation of the expected impact from Hurricane Matthew and in the interest of protecting public health.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources 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.
Mail or email comments to: Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520; email: email@example.com
The Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division (CRD), under authority granted pursuant to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act and the Shore Protection Act, finds that an emergency exists due to Hurricane Matthew within all the coastal counties of the State of Georgia.
CRD has initiated Emergency Order #1 and #2, which places a moratorium on nonessential construction/alteration within the jurisdiction of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) and the Shore Protection Act (SPA). This moratorium is effective immediately and will be in place until further notice.
“High winds, storm surge, and flooding have caused damage to many structures located in Georgia’s tidal waterways, over marshlands and along barrier island beaches. We know that private, public and commercial docks have been damaged as have beach crossovers on our barrier islands,” stated Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division. “Our staff will be working with public, commercial, and government entities to facilitate a quick recovery from Hurricane Matthew but we need information about the extent of the damage. We want to focus our efforts on recovery so action on non-essential projects currently in the queue will be delayed. ”
CRD staff has set up a call center to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of CMPA or SPA. If you have questions or need to provide information please contact call our office at (912) 264-7218 between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM. You will be directed to a customer service representative who will collect information and respond to questions.
The public hearing for a proposed new rule for coastal private recreational docks originally scheduled to be held in Brunswick on October 11, 2016 has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The hearing will be rescheduled and the date and time will be announced.
The written public comment period has been extended through November 7, 2016.
Mail or email comments to: Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced that due to the expected impact from Hurricane Matthew and in the interest of protecting public health, all of Georgia’s territorial waters will be closed to commercial and recreational shellfish harvest effective 6:00AM, Friday, October 7, 2016.
PRESS RELEASE DNR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Coastal Private Docks
Brunswick, GA (Oct 04, 2016) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a public comment period for a proposed new rule for coastal private recreational docks. A public hearing will be held in Brunswick on October 11, 2016and written public comment will be received through October 31, 2016
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is submitting to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM) a request for Routine Program Changes to the approved Georgia Coastal Management Program. The State considers the Program Changes to be routine and not substantial changes to the authorities of the Georgia Coastal Management Program. CRD is seeking OCM’s concurrence in this determination.
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Zachary Harris of St. Simons Island to fill the unexpired term of Superior Court Judge-Elect, Bert Guy on the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and Shore Protection Committee. Mr. Harris was appointed by the Board of Natural Resources during their June 29th meeting.
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8:00 am on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Effective that date, commercial food shrimp trawlers can operate in Georgia’s territorial waters open to power-drawn trawls. Commercial and recreational cast netters, as well as persons using a beach seine, can harvest food shrimp from waters open to the use of these gears.
Coastal Resources Division Director, Spud Woodward, has announced that the recently completed 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available. The report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2015 Report Card is an update of DNR’s first-ever 2014 report card that was prepared with assistance of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network (UMCES/IAN). Like the 2014 report, the 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card scored a B+ based on data collected throughout the past year from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories.
“Achieving a B+ for the second year in a row in the human health, fisheries, and wildlife indices is a positive reflection of the continued efforts of citizens, local governments, conservation organizations and government resource managers to balance development and human use with natural resource conservation and protection along the Georgia coast,” commented Woodward.
Ecological report cards are considered a public friendly way to provide a timely and geographically detailed assessment of ecosystems or rivers. One key aspect of these report cards is that they synthesize diverse data sources and types into information understandable by a broad audience. The report card scores are based on a twenty-point scale (0-20% = F, 20-40% = D, etc.). This is the scale accepted for ecosystem health report cards world-wide as it is able to provide a clearer picture of health.
“The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card as an important part of the department’s efforts to keep the public informed about natural resource management in the coastal area and to present timely information about the status of resources held in public trust,” commented Woodward.
Coastal Resources Division/Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The Coastal Resources Division of Georgia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia’s coastal marshes, beaches, waters and fisheries for the benefit of present and future generations. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced that the recently completed Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available on line at: www.CoastalGaDNR.org/ReportCard. The first-ever report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resource Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network(UMCES/IAN). The data for the Report Card came from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories conducted during 2014.
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