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Workshop offers training on removal-fill permits
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE                                                                    11-14
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
                               Eric Metz – 503-986-5266; eric.metz@state.or.us 
Simplified process, new rules the focus of technical education
Ashland – The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold a workshop to explain new rules recently adopted for processing removal-fill permits. The in-depth training will cover all aspects of the removal-fill program, and is designed for wetland consultants, watershed coordinators and other permit applicants.
The meeting will be held:
Wednesday, April 27
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
565 Clover Lane, Ashland
The primary purpose of the new rules, effective March 1, is to make it simpler to get removal-fill permits for low-impact projects. Restoring wetlands, stabilizing stream banks, placing pilings, and transportation maintenance all now qualify for a series of "notice-based" general authorizations. "Our goal is to facilitate these types of activities, not require a complicated permit application process," said Eric Metz, DSL's southern region manager.
Oregon law requires any person who plans to remove or fill material within waters of the state, including wetlands, to obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands. Certain exemptions apply, and the threshold for a permit is 50 cubic yards of material except in Essential Salmon Habitat waterways.
More information is available on the DSL Web site: www.oregonstatelands.us.
The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.