The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Water's Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 8 at Millville Fire Hall, 35554 Atlantic Ave.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Water’s Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 8 at Millville Fire Hall, 35554 Atlantic Ave.
The meeting is to solicit input on the proposed Statewide Activity Approval for shellfish aquaculture in specific, designated shellfish aquaculture development areas in Delaware.
The SAA, if adopted by DNREC, would be used by the Division of Water to more efficiently issue approvals for the use of subaqueous lands after shellfish aquaculture lease applicants have received authorization from the Division of Fish & Wildlife for shellfish aquaculture activities within specific portions of the SADAs previously established under 7 DE Admin Code 3800 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulation.
The public is advised that the upcoming hearing will address only the use of the SAAs by the Division of Water to more efficiently review applications and issue permits — the state’s shellfish aquaculture regulation is not the subject of this hearing.
The SADAs eligible for approval by the Statewide Activity Approval include Indian River Bay, Rehoboth Bay and Little Assawoman Bay.
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed SAA may present written statements through the close of the public comment period, which was extended until the conclusion of the June 8 public hearing.
Interested parties may also present comment orally or in written form at the hearing. Persons who want to speak at the public hearing are encouraged to register through DNREC’s hearing officer Robert Haynes in advance and no later than June 6. This registration will be used to determine the order of speakers at the public hearing.
To submit written comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Robert P. Haynes, Senior Hearing Officer, Office of the Secretary, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, P.O. Box 1401. Dover, 19901.