Marine resources agency asked to allow dredging in Hancock Cnty. - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

Marine resources agency asked to allow dredging in Hancock Cnty.

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DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (AP) - Officials in Hancock County are seeking a state wetlands permit to clean out an oxbow of Rotten Bayou.

The application was made to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources by the county and the Diamond Property Owners Association.

MMDR officials say in a news release that the permit requested because the area known as Devil's Elbow is no longer navigable because of sediment deposits from upland.

Devil's Elbow is located in western Diamondhead.

The application shows plans to remove about 36,000 cubic yards of sediment from the site. The proposed dredge area is 1,560 feet in length by 200 feet in width.

The MMDR says less than an acre of vegetated wetlands are within the area that would be affected and the county and Diamondhead would have to relocate the vegetation.

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