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2007-2008 Removal-Fill Report
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Oregon waterway
The Department of State Lands (DSL) protects the state’s waterways and wetlands through administration of Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, enacted in 1967, to conserve, restore and protect water resources for their contribution to aquatic life and habitats, fisheries, aquatic-based economies, tourism, public recreation, navigation, water quality, floodwater storage and other natural resource functions.
 
This report for fiscal years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 fulfills the annual report requirement in the state’s Removal-Fill Law. Following is a summary of some the notable items DSL has accomplished over these two fiscal years:
  • A significant rewrite of Division 85 removal-fill rules to better track the program and promote public understanding of and compliance with the law.
  • Authorization over the past two fiscal years of 2,452 removal-fill activities throughout the state with more than 96 percent of these authorizations being granted within statutory timelines.
  • Elimination of a backlog in wetland delineation reviews and reduction in initial determinations on such reviews to an average of 49 days.
  • Coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers in developing joint state and federal permits for certain removal-fill activities.
  • Creation of an expedited general authorization for stream restoration projects to encourage recovery efforts for salmon and other species.
  • Movement towards a more outcome-based and less prescriptive regulatory process.
  • Increased compliance and enforcement efforts to protect waters of the state.
  • Approval of six new mitigation banks increasing to 19 the number of such banks providing compensation for wetland impacts from authorized activities.
  • Leadership on a gravel task force consisting of federal, state and local regulatory agencies and the gravel industry to work through issues related to gravel extraction in Oregon coastal rivers.
  • Continued efforts to streamline agency processes including development of electronic application process and other Web-based improvements.
  • Recording a net gain of 182.64 acres of freshwater wetlands, 5.97 acres of estuarine wetlands, and 2871.73 acres of enhancement due to permit actions.
  • Leadership on the DSL/Oregon Trout Oregon Solutions project related to supporting and expediting stream restoration projects and significant contributions to other Oregon Solutions projects including those related to resolving the Tillamook flooding problem and wave energy.
  • Receiving a total of $742,886 as payment-in-lieu mitigation into the Oregon Wetland Mitigation Bank Revolving Fund and supporting four wetland restoration projects with a total of approximately $500,000 from the Fund.
 
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