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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program Regulatory Program
Regulatory Authorities Section 10 of the Rivers & Harbors Act of 1899 –Structures and work in navigable waters of the United States Section 404 of the Clean Water Act –Discharge of dredged or fill material and mechanized landclearing in all waters of the U.S., including wetlands
Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 Regulated Activities Work in Navigable Waters of the U.S. (Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and major rivers in VT) -Dredging -Structures in, over, or under a navigable waterway -Private docks -Water intake lines -Aerial transmission lines -Submarine cables -Marinas
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Regulated Activities Any activity that would involve the permanent or temporary placement of dredged or fill material into any waterway or wetland, including: - Pond construction - Mechanized landclearing - Landscaping -Land Development (i.e., housing, commercial, industrial, etc.) - Cofferdams
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Regulated Activities - Roads, culverts, bridges - Bedding and backfill for utility lines - Shoreline stabilization -Sidecasting of material from excavation of new drainage ditches - Installation of drainage tile
Forms of Authorization VT General Permit –Minimal Impact Projects – impacts not to exceed one acre Individual Permit –Projects with greater than minimal impacts or in excess of one acre of impact South Bay, Lake Memphremagog, Newport, VT
VT General Permit Minimal Impact Projects Direct/Indirect Impacts under 3000 sq. ft. –Project May Proceed without Notification to Corps Provided Terms & Conditions of VTGP have been met Direct/Indirect Impacts from 3000 sq. ft. to one acre –Notification to Corps Required Determination of Eligibility for VT GP usually within about 30 days Batten Kill, Arlington, VT
REMEMBER!!! - VT GP is only used to authorize projects that will have a minimal individual and cumulative impact on the aquatic environment. -Project can have a good impact and not meet the minimal threshold. - A project with less than 3000 sq. ft. of impact can have more than a minimal impact and be ineligible to proceed under the VTGP.
Information Required for VTGP Wetland Delineation Data sheets to support wetland delineation Brief description of wetland functions and values Plan, drawn to scale, showing property boundaries, wetland boundary and area of proposed impact(s) Grading plan (as appropriate) Narrative description of the project including area (in sq. ft.) of proposed direct and indirect impacts
Individual Permit - Projects with direct/indirect impacts to waters of U.S. in excess of one acre - Projects which do not meet the criteria of the VT GP
Pre-Application Meetings Joint site visit with Corps, VT DEC, USEPA and USF&WS - Flushes out major concerns prior to investment of time and money in permit process - Can result in recommendations for project modifications to minimize impacts to waters of the U.S. and facilitate permit issuance
Information Required for Individual Permit Wetland Delineation Data sheets to support wetland delineation Narrative describing wetland functions and values Completed Application Form (ENG 4345) Plan, drawn to scale, showing property boundaries, wetland boundary and area of proposed impact(s) Alternatives analysis
Alternatives Analysis Only the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA) to accomplish the basic project purpose can be permitted
Alternatives Analysis/Mitigation Sequencing AVOID impacts to waters of the U.S. to the maximum extent practicable (off-site alternatives analysis; leads to LEDPA site) MINIMIZE impacts to waters of the U.S. (at the LEDPA site) to the maximum extent practicable MITIGATE for the unavoidable impacts of the project
Thats your crash course on the Corps Regulatory Program.
Vermont Project Office Current Responsibilities, Staffing and Resources
Responsibilities Administration of Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program in VT –Section 10 Navigable Waters of the U.S. = Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog and Major Rivers –Section 404 All wetlands Non-Section 10 lakes and ponds Non-Section 10 rivers and stream up to the headwaters
Responsibilities Administration of Regulatory Program includes: –Jurisdictional determinations –Processing VT GPs –Processing individual permits –Investigation of alleged unauthorized work –Compliance inspections of work under permits –Public outreach
Staffing/Resources Based at VT Project Office –Two Full-Time Senior Project Managers –One Full-Time Legal Instrument Examiner Based at District Office in Concord, MA –Branch Chief –Division Chief –Environmental Resource Unit Staff –Office of Counsel
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