Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Who: Hosted by the DMMP and SMS agencies, with opening remarks by the Department of Natural Resources
Why: Annual Meeting for public information and engagement
Where: Seattle District Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Salish Sea Conference Room, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington, (see below for directions & important security information).
What: All day meeting, with presentations from the SMS and DMMP agencies, and other guests on important program updates and topics. This is the twenty-sixth consecutive annual sediment review meeting.
DMMP: This meeting serves as public notification of proposed changes and clarifications to the DMMP program. Changes can be minor or substantive, but they all are presented at the meeting, with a chance for stakeholders to ask questions and make comments. Comments are accepted on proposed DMMP program modifications until at least 30 days subsequent to the SMARM.
SMS: This meeting serves as an opportunity to inform and engage the public on proposed technical, scientific, or policy changes and clarifications for issues surrounding cleanup of contaminated sediment. This may include proposed changes to guidance, process, or policy. Comments are accepted at the meeting and until at least 30 days subsequent to the SMARM. In addition, this meeting serves as a venue to inform and update the public on proposed SMS rule changes. However, this meeting is not intended to replace the administrative and public process requirements for rulemaking.
Public: an important aspect of this meeting is holding a portion of the agenda open for stakeholders to propose modifications to the DMMP and/or SMS programs. You are invited to submit program-related issues, ideas & suggestions for consideration and discussion at the meeting. Submissions for these public issue papers or presentations will be accepted through Friday, May 2, 2014, and should include:
- A clear statement of the issue/concern/topic
- Why the topic is relevant and important to the DMMP and/or SMS programs and stakeholders
- Alternatives or suggestions for topic resolution
Poster Session: Technical posters are welcome for display at the meeting. Posters should be directly relevant to sediment management. Please notify the DMMO know if you plan to bring a poster so that appropriate display space is available (e-mail to DMMOteam@usace.army.mil).
More: Draft papers outlining issues identified by the DMMP agencies and SMS program for discussion and potential implementation are posted on the Seattle District’s website, at http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Dredging.aspx (go to “SMARMs and Program Updates” page).
How: Any interested party is invited to attend. Security procedures at this federal government facility include presentation of photo identification and proceeding through a metal detector. Allow plenty of time for parking and security.
Directions: 4735 E. Marginal Way South Seattle, WA 98134
From the north: From I-5 south, take Exit 165A toward James Street. Turn right onto Columbia St. and follow road down to the viaduct/Hwy. 99 South. This street turns into E. Marginal Way S. Federal Center South (Building 1201) will be on the right; a large visitor parking lot will be on the left.
From the south: From I-5 north, take Exit 162 (on left) to Corson/Michigan St. Stay straight on Corson Ave S. and get into right lane. Take 1st right onto S. Michigan St. and go ½ mile. Turn right onto E. Marginal Way S./Hwy. 99. Go 1.3 miles. There is a large visitor parking lot on the right; Federal Center South (Building 1201) is on the left.
Parking and Security: Visitors can park in the parking lot across the street from Federal Center South.
All visitors are subject to security screening and must sign in at the main entrance of the old FCS building to gain access to the new Corps Headquarters Oxbow Building 1202. All attendees must have picture identification card (a drivers license is suitable; a Government furnished ID or Passport are also good). They will proceed to bldg 1202 where they will be directed to the Salish Sea Conference Room located on the first floor.
Guests who need assistance (handicapped) will be allowed in the secure gate near Building 1202 as a vehicle passenger. The handicapped person must be dropped off in front of Building 1202 where they will be screened. The driver and the vehicle will then need to drive out of the secure parking area into a visitor parking slot, and enter through building 1201. This requires prior coordination (at least 24 hour notice providing name and vehicle information) with the security office. Contact the Dredged Material Management Office for assistance with this process (206-764-6083, 206-764-6550).