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Removal-Fill Pre-Application Meetings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps), and the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) jointly welcome prospective Clean Water Act § 404 and Removal-Fill permit applicants to meet with the agencies as part of regularly scheduled interagency pre-application meetings.  The meetings supplement existing pre-application coordination led by the Corps and DSL.

The pre-application process is intended for non-routine permit evaluations that may be complex or controversial in nature. The intent of the meetings is to provide meaningful comment and feedback to prospective applicants early in the permitting process, to help them prepare permit applications.

On the third Wednesday of each month, from 1 to 2 p.m, participating state and federal agencies will meet with a prospective applicant to discuss their proposed project, provide feedback, and share information.

The meetings are designed to assess draft information, and prospective attendees are asked to provide basic project information, in the form of responses to a standard set of questions, at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Meeting locations and dates for 2014

·     February 19– Portland, 333 SW 1st Ave., 8th floor (visitor check-in on 10th floor)

·     March 19 – Portland, 805 SW Broadway, Ste. 500

·     April 16 – Portland, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 400

·     May 21 – Portland, 333 SW 1st Ave., 8th floor (visitor check-in on 10th floor)

·     June 18 – Portland, 805 SW Broadway, Ste. 500

·     July 16 – Portland, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 400

·     August 20 – Portland, 333 SW 1st Ave., 8th floor (visitor check-in on 10th floor)

·     September 17 – Portland, 805 SW Broadway, Ste. 500

·     October 15 – Portland, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 400

·     November 19 – Portland, 333 SW 1st Ave., 8th floor (visitor check-in on 10th floor)

·     December 17 – Portland, 805 SW Broadway, Ste. 500

Note: Meetings may be relocated to Salem, Eugene, or elsewhere if appropriate for specific prospective projects. 

Screening tools and pre-meeting information

Prospective applicants interested in a formal pre-application meeting should work with their contacts at the Corps and DSL and review online project screening tools before requesting time at a monthly agency meeting.

The screening tools, known as the matrix and accompanying matrix user’s guide, are available on the Oregon Department of State Lands website:

http://oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/Pages/Removal-Fill-Pre-Application-Meetings.aspx

The matrix will help prospective applicants assess if a pre-application meeting will be beneficial to their project development. Even if the applicant opts to not have a formal pre-app meeting, information in the matrix and user’s guide may be helpful for any project potentially needing a § 404 permit (and associated § 401 Water Quality Certification) or a Removal-Fill Permit, and a less formal pre-application meeting may still be appropriate.

The screening tools are intended primarily for use by large-scale, controversial or major projects. The tools are available for any potential applicant or agency staff person, and can be scaled down to assess the risks associated with less complex or less controversial projects.

Participating agencies

·         U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District

·         Oregon Department of State Lands

·         Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

·         U.S. EPA – Region 10 Oregon Operations Office

·         NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

·         U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

·         Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

·         Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

·         Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development

For more information, please contact:

Bill Ryan, Oregon Department of State Lands, Wetlands and Waterways Division

Phone: 503-986-5259 (Salem)

Email: Bill.Ryan@dsl.state.or.us

Michael Turaski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District

Phone: 503-808-4381

Email: Michael.R.Turaski@usace.army.mil

Counties: Baker, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jefferson, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Phone: 541-465-6877

Email: Teena.G.Monical@usace.army.mil

Counties: Linn, Benton, Lane, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, Harney​

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