The Department of State Lands (DSL) is responsible for regulating removal and fill in waters of the state which are defined as "natural waterways including all tidal and non-tidal bays, intermittent streams, constantly flowing streams, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water" in Oregon. State law - ORS 196.800-990 – governs the removal-fill regulatory program.
The proposed Port of Morrow facility (Coyote Island Terminal LLC) needs a removal-fill permit from the Department of State Lands for the following elements of the project:
In-water work area isolation
Construction of an elevated, fixed dock and conveyor system which includes four, two-pile dock supports, as well as concrete capped conveyor supports.
Construction of an elevated, fixed-operation walkway with 12 supports, each consisting of two 14-inch diameter round steel piles, for workers mooring and loading barges.
Construction of nine multi-pile structures (dolphins) installed adjacent to the walkway for vessel mooring.
The permit application proposed 572 cubic yards of permanent fill (in the form of pilings) in the Columbia River on submerged land owned by the Port of Morrow.
On August 18, 2014, DSL denied the permit, after careful review of criteria laid out in Oregon law for issuing removal-fill permits.