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1 US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDING STRONG ® Utah Watershed Coordinating Council Conservation Planning Workshop Navigating the Corps’ Permitting Process Jason Gipson Chief, Utah/Nevada Regulatory Branch US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District July 20, 2011

2 BUILDING STRONG ® Permitting Authority  Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA) 1899  Section 404 Clean Water Act (CWA)1972

3 BUILDING STRONG ® Section 10 RHA  Permits for all work affecting navigable capacity of territorial seas, navigable rivers and lakes.  Purpose: to maintain safe/passable navigable waterways  Does not have to involve discharge of material into waterway

4 BUILDING STRONG ® Section 10 Navigable Waters  Subject to tidal action and/or;  Historically or currently used for transportation of Interstate or Foreign Commerce  Most major waterways in the US Lower Colorado River Lower Green River Flaming Gorge Reservoir Bear Lake Lake Powell

5 BUILDING STRONG ® Typical Work Requiring Section 10 Permits  Work in, over or under the waterway ► Permanent or temporary work ► Dredging & Excavation ► Bank Protection/Levee Work ► Intake/Outfall Structures

6 BUILDING STRONG ® Clean Water Act (CWA)  Section 404 Clean Water Act ► Requires that a permit be obtained from the Corps prior to discharging dredged or fill material into “waters of the United States, including wetlands”  CWA goal: To protect the physical, chemical and biological functions of our Nation’s waters

7 BUILDING STRONG ® Typical Activities Requiring Section 404 Permits  Deposition of dredged or fill material in waters of the United States and/or adjacent wetlands  Site development fills for residential, commercial, or recreational developments  Aquatic habitat restoration activities  Bank stabilization  Spring developments

8 BUILDING STRONG ® Waters of the United States  Waters of the United States consist of: ► All navigable waters and their tributaries ► All Interstate waters and their tributaries ► Adjacent wetlands to those waters

9 BUILDING STRONG ® Corps’ Jurisdiction

10 BUILDING STRONG ® Corps’ Permitting Program for Projects with Wetland Impacts

11 BUILDING STRONG ® Step 1: Map Waterways/Wetlands  Describe project area  Discuss hydrology, vegetation and soils  Provide locations maps  Contact info of applicant/agent  Wetland/OHMM Data sheets  Waters delineation map ► Needs to meet minimum standards

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13 BUILDING STRONG ® Step 2: Submit Report/Map to Corps  Corps verifies accuracy of map and jurisdiction via letter ► Delineation report may be submitted alone or with application materials.

14 BUILDING STRONG ® Step 3: Submit Application  Nationwide Permit – Preconstruction Notification (PCN) ► PCN checklist ► Project plans overlaid on delineation map ► Historic Properties/Endangered Species information ► Mitigation plan for permanent impacts  45-day Corps completeness review period  days to issue verification

15 BUILDING STRONG ® PCN Exception (NWP 27)  for NRCS, FWS, FSA and Cooperating State Agencies on non-federal lands: ► Requires submission of Wetland Enhancement Agreement; or ► Project description, including plans; or ► NRCS Technical Service Provider docs for voluntary wetland restoration action  30-day Corps review of submitted material

16 BUILDING STRONG ® Regional Conditions  Supersede PCN Exemption  Examples: ► Work in springs, histosols and/or fens ► Below elevation 4217’ (GSL) and 4500’ (Utah Lake) ► For NWP 27: >1,500 feet of stream, >50 cu ft structural fill or grade control structure >1 vertical-foot drop

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18 BUILDING STRONG ® Projects With No Wetlands Impacts Use General Permit (GP) 40

19 BUILDING STRONG ® GP 40  Joint permit process with State of Utah  Authorizes minimal impacts to streams only (no wetlands impacts authorized) ► Max 300 feet, or 500 feet with bio-engineering  Streamlined permitting process ~30 days

20 BUILDING STRONG ® Individual Permits (IP)  Processing time – 120 days  Authorizes activities with more than minimal impacts (no acreage limitations)  Public process  Alternatives Evaluation  Undergo Public Interest Evaluation  Compliance with Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines  Section 401 Certification (404 permits only)

21 BUILDING STRONG ® Exemptions  Maintenance/Replacement of existing structures ► Culverts, spring boxes, weirs  Fencing thru wetlands  Please contact Corps project manager for verification of exemption

22 BUILDING STRONG ® Speeding Up The Process  Request a preliminary jurisdictional determination  Coordinate early with Corps project managers ► Site visits ► ESA/Historic Properties

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24 BUILDING STRONG ® Questions?

25 BUILDING STRONG ® Thank You Contact Information: Jason Gipson U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Utah Regulatory Office 533 West 2600 South, Ste. 150 Bountiful, Utah (801) x 14 Web Page:


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