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 14 February 2019 - EPA and Army publish proposed revised "waters of the United States" definition 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced today the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-00791/revised-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states. The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The publishing of the proposal and outreach efforts were delayed due to the lapse in appropriations for EPA. Today's notice begins a 60-day public comment period that will close on April 15, 2019. EPA and the Army will hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on February 27-28, 2019. Information, including supporting analyses and fact sheets, are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule. Additional information can be found in the Special Public Notice provided below.

Special Public Notice
Clean Water Act Proposed Rule For a Revised Definition of the "Waters of the U.S."

7 January 2019 - EPA and Army Postpone Public Hearing on Proposed New "Waters of the United States" Definition.  Due to the lapse in appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA and the Department of the Army (Army) have postponed the planned January 23 public hearing on the proposed new "Waters of the United States" definition until after appropriations have passed to fund the EPA.  Publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register is also postponed.  Information on the status of the public hearing will be posted on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/epa-and-army-postpone-public-hearing-proposed-new-waters-united-states-definition.

11 December 2018 - EPA and Army Propose New "Waters of the United States" Definition The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have proposed a new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule."  The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on January 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on January 23, 2019.  More information including a pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced today the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-00791/revised-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states and provided in the attached Special Public Notice. The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The publishing of the proposal and outreach efforts were delayed due to the lapse in appropriations for EPA. Today's notice begins a 60-day public comment period that will close on April 15, 2019. EPA and the Army will hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on February 27-28, 2019.  For additional Information, including supporting analyses and fact sheets, are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule.

On June 29, 2015, the Clean Water Rule (Rule) was published (click here to see the Federal Register Notice).  Due to court order(s) the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) were not implementing the Rule.  On August 16, 2018, a court order directed the Corps in 26 states (click here to see map) to immediately implement the Rule.

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.

Link to EIS Scoping Information
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