Access CodesGeneral Recommendations:
Fill materials such as sand, gravel, rock, or similar materials for roadway construction may not be placed below mean high water or in state-owned wetlands. The placement of fill material should avoid covering valuable habitat and altering circulation patterns.
Lessees should utilize existing channels, canals, and other deep-water areas to the greatest extent possible to minimize initial and maintenance dredging requirements. Where construction of a new channel is unavoidable, choosing a site that avoids sensitive habitats such as bird rookeries, oyster reefs, and areas of submerged aquatic vegetation is encouraged. In addition, canals and channels should not cut through barrier beaches, barrier islands, or other gulf shoreline protection features.
Construction and maintenance of access channels may result in loss of wetland habitat, can significantly alter salinity and water circulation patterns, and can modify the distribution and abundance of living marine resources. All construction access methods should be coordinated with the commenting agency.Definitions and Explanations: CA
- Use existing channels only.
New dredging may not be authorized on this tract, however, maintenance dredging of pre-existing channels may be authorized if sensitive habitats are not impacted.CC
- Use one channel for production of tract. If no channel is present on the tract, the dredging of a single channel may be authorized to provide access for development.
To minimize destruction of valuable habitat on this tract, access should be limited to a single channel that leads to a central drilling location and avoids submerged grasses and other sensitive habitats.CF
- Vehicular access methods must be designed to avoid or minimize impacts on areas containing emergent marsh, submerged grassbeds or sand, mud, or algal flats.
Sensitive habitats within this tract are easily damaged. Best Management Practices must be used to avoid or minimize impacts to these sensitive habitats. Methods of access and operational plans may be required.