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  • 22 March 2021:  This Special Public Notice (SPN) supersedes the SPN dated March 17, 2021 with revisions to this SPN and enclosure.  The date of the general 2021 NWP public outreach event is March 31, 2021, not March 24, 2021.

  • 22 March 2021:  This Special Public Notice (SPN) supersedes the SPN dated March 9, 2021 with  revisions.  The Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification Determination for NWP 55 and 56 was incorrectly listed in Enclosure 1.  Individual WQC is required from the appropriate certifying agency for both NWPs.  Also, in Ecology’s WQC General Condition 2, the word “that” was changed to “and”.

  • 17 March 2021:  A Public Outreach Event on Shellfish Mariculture will be held on March 31, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.  You must RSVP to marcy.m.wyatt@usace.army.mil to attend this event.  See SPN for details.

  • 9 March 2021:  This Special Public Notice (SPN) supersedes the SPN dated March 5, 2021 with a revision.  The Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification General Condition 4 was incorrectly listed in Enclosure 1.  The reference to marine waters with eelgrass is corrected (bolded text) as follows: [Individual WQC] is required for activities in or affecting “marine waters with eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds (except for NWP 48)”.

  • 5 March 2021:  Final Regional Conditions for Seattle District 2021 Nationwide Permits - Final 16 and Public Outreach Event Announcement.  On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications. 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026.  You must RSVP to attend the Public Outreach Event.  See SPN for details.

  • This Special Public Notice announces the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications. These 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026.

  • The Special Public Notice announces the Seattle Districts decision to accept and expend funds contributed by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF). Please read this SPN dated October 6, 2020.

  • New 401 Water Quality Certification Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Please read this SPN dated September 25, 2020, for details on how this applies to permit applications submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District for projects in Washington State.
  • Seattle District, Regulatory Branch Paperless Initiative:  Effective January 1, 2020, all permit applications should be submitted electronically.  Please read this SPN for the details on how to name and submit permit application materials.
  • 31 March 2021:  A public outreach event on the 2021 NWP - Final 16 was conducted.  Click HERE to view the presentation.

  • 22 March 2021:  This Special Public Notice (SPN) supersedes the SPN dated March 9, 2021 with  revisions.  The Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification Determination for NWP 55 and 56 was incorrectly listed in Enclosure 1.  Individual WQC is required from the appropriate certifying agency for both NWPs.  Also, in Ecology’s WQC General Condition 2, the word “that” was changed to “and”.

  • 9 March 2021:  This Special Public Notice (SPN) supersedes the SPN dated March 5, 2021 with a revision.  The Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification General Condition 4 was incorrectly listed in Enclosure 1.  The reference to marine waters with eelgrass is corrected (bolded text) as follows: [Individual WQC] is required for activities in or affecting “marine waters with eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds (except for NWP 48)”.

  • 5 March 2021:  Final Regional Conditions for Seattle District 2021 Nationwide Permits - Final 16 and Public Outreach Event Announcement.  On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications. 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026.  You must RSVP to attend the Public Outreach Event.  See SPN for details.
  • Special Public Notice - The Special Public Notice dated January 13, 2021, announces the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications. These 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026.
  • Federal Register Notice - 2021 Nationwide Permits - Final 16 - January 13, 2021
  • Special Public Notice - The Special Public Notice dated September 30, 2020 announces the publication of the proposed 2020 Nationwide Permits, national and Seattle District regional conditions and requests comments.
  • News Release - Publication of Proposed Rule 2020 Nationwide Permits - September 15, 2020
  • Federal Register Notice - Proposed Rule 2020 Nationwide Permits - September 15, 2020

Information on Final Rule-Clean Water Act 401 Certification Rule: Links to EPA's website for the Final Rule
Overview of Changes and FAQS
EPA Outreach

 Aquaculture (Permit Guidebook, Chapter IX: Aquaculture)

24 March 2021 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the draft changes to the 2020 NWPL and its web address to solicit public comments.  The public now has the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to wetland indicator status ratings for five plant species in select regions and the addition of 22 new plant species to the NWPL.  The Federal Register Notice (FRN) for the 2020 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-03-24/pdf/2021-05989.pdf.   The public comment period ends on 24 May 2021.

The 27 species and their draft 2020 wetland ratings by region, as well as the FRN, can be viewed at the NWPL homepage, http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/, under “2020 NWPL Update Information.”  A link to provide general or species-specific comments is also available at this location. Users are encouraged to submit literature citations, herbaria records, experiential references, monitoring data, and other relevant information.  Specific knowledge of, or studies related to, individual species are particularly helpful.  Commenters should use their regional botanical and ecological expertise, field observations, reviews of the most recent indicator status information, appropriate botanical literature, floras, herbarium specimens with notation of habitat and associated species, habit data, relevant studies, and historic list information.  Providing ratings without supporting documentation or information is not recommended.  All submitted comments and information will be compiled and sent to the National Panel for their consideration.

USACE is also seeking comments regarding the administrative change to the South Pacific Islands subregion and the NWPL update process.  Detailed information on the update process, protocol, and technical issues can be found in the following documents (available on the “NWPL Publications” web page referenced above):

  1. Lichvar, Robert W. and Minkin, Paul. Concepts and Procedures for Updating the National Wetland Plant List. Sept 2008. ERDC/CRREL TN-08-3
  1. Lichvar, Robert W. and Gillrich, Jennifer J. Final Protocol for Assigning Wetland Indicator Status Ratings during National Wetland Plant List Update. Sept 2011. ERDC/CRREL TN-11-1

USACE administers the NWPL for the United States and its territories.  The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects.  Additions or deletions to the NWPL represent new records, range extensions, nomenclatural and taxonomic changes, and newly proposed species.  The latest review process began in 2020 and included review by Regional Panels and the National Panel. 

USACE is continuing to work on Regulatory actions, such as permits, while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.  In accordance with public health guidance and government directives, our employees are taking necessary precautions for their health and welfare as prescribed by the nation's health experts.  Employees are teleworking to continue performing their duties.  The primary method of communication will be via email.  Virtual meetings may also be utilized. This may cause delays while we get systems in place to handle this unprecedented event, but rest assured we are working as quickly as possible and are dedicated to serving the public while taking care of our staff.  We appreciate your patience and please understand USACE is committed to doing its part to help keep our city and region healthy and combat further spread of COVID-19 while continuing our mission

On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020.  The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states.  Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr.

Corps Headquarters has posted an announcement for the publication of the rule on our Regulatory webpage, at the following locations:

https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/

https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/juris_info/

Seattle District, Regulatory Branch Paperless Initiative:  Effective January 1, 2020, all permit applications should be submitted electronically.  Please read this SPN for the details on how to name and submit permit application materials.

On June 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published information stating that a large portion of Eagle Harbor is a designated no anchor area.  Activities EPA has prohibited in this area include anchoring, dredging, laying cable, dragging, seining, bottom fishing, conducting salvage operations, or any other activity which could potentially disturb the seabed.  Click HERE to view EPA's published announcement.

 

  • News Release - Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District Scope of Analysis for EIS (18 Feb 2014)
  • Memorandum on Scope of Analysis for EIS (14 Feb 2014)
  • News Release - Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District will Require EIS for Proposal (13 July 2011)
  • News Release - Consultant selected for environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal
  • News Release - Scoping period announced for proposed Millennium Terminal-Longview project EIS
  • Notice of Intent to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement
  • Federal Register posting (6 September 2013) regarding NEPA EIS scoping meetings
  • Public Notice - 30 September 2016: Request for Comments and NEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • MBTL Website for access to documents
  • News Release - Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District Scope of Analysis for EIS (18 Feb 2014)
  • Memorandum on Scope of Analysis for EIS (14 Feb 2014)
  • News Release - Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District will Require EIS for Proposal (13 July 2011)
  • News Release - Consultant selected for environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal
  • News Release - Scoping period announced for proposed Millennium Terminal-Longview project EIS
  • Notice of Intent to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement
  • Federal Register posting (6 September 2013) regarding NEPA EIS scoping meetings

 

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Updates on the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District Proposal

Applicant's Proposal Description:

The Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District (applicant) is proposing construction of a water retention facility and associated infrastructure on the main-stem Chehalis River south of the Town of Pe Ell, Washington. The facility would have capacity to provide 65,000 acre-feet of temporary flood storage during major floods, and would be constructed with a foundation to allow the future expansion of its water retention capacity. The Chehalis River would flow normally during regular conditions or small flood events. The top of the dam structure would be 1,220 feet long with a maximum structural height of up to 254 feet including 3 to 5 feet of freeboard for safety. The dam is proposed to include a 210-foot-wide emergency spillway, discharging into a 70-foot stilling basin. The applicant also proposes to raise the elevation  of the Centralia-Chehalis Airport levee in Chehalis, Washington.  The levee would be raised 4 to 7 feet, along with raising Airport Road 1,700 feet along the southern extent of the airport. The proposal is in pre-application status.

Links to EIS Scoping Information
NEPA Scoping Report
http://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/eis/

Special Public Notice
Notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Chehalis River basin flood damage reduction project

Special Public Notice
Proposed WRRDA Agreement with Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District


September 28, 2018 News Release - Scoping Period Opens for EIS
Environmental review starts for Chehalis River

 

Technical Documents

Geotechnical Investigations Study (Landslides, roads/bridges)

Hydraulic Modeling (RiverFlow2d)

Hydrologic Modeling (Basin-wide rainfall-runoff model)

Smolt Abundance Studies

Wetland/Ordinary High Water Mark Delineation Report

Chehalis River Off-Channel Habitat Hydrologic Monitoring Project Text and Figures

Chehalis River Off-Channel Habitat Hydrologic Monitoring Project Appendices