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Posted: 12/28/2016

Expiration date: 1/26/2017

PUBLIC NOTICE for Permit Application

Issue Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: January 26, 2017

US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2006-856-1

30-Day Notice Oregon Department of State Lands No: APP0059449

Interested parties are hereby notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) has received an application  for a Department of the Army permit for certain work in waters of the United States, as described below and shown on the attached plans.  The Corps is soliciting comments on the proposed work.


Big Eddy Marina Inc.

Attention: Jack Whitmore

19609 E. Marine Drive

Portland, Oregon 97230-1279

Email: jack@biggeddymarina.com

Telephone:  (503) 666-3515


Applicant’s Agent:  Flowing Solutions

Attention: Andrew Jansky

3305 SW 87th

Portland, Oregon 97225

Email: andrew@flowingsolutions.com

Telephone:  (503) 297-6311


 The project site for dredging is located on the south banks of the Columbia River (river mile 118) at 19609 E. Marine Drive, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.  The site is in Section 20, Township 1 North, Range 3 East.  Latitude and Longitude:  45.558579 North, -122.460798 West. The project site for placement is located on the southwest banks of McGuire Island in the Columbia River (river mile 117). The site is in Section 20, Township 1 North, Range 3 East. Latitude and Longitude: 45.56334 North, -122.48405 West.


Columbia River

Project Purpose:

The applicant’s stated purpose is to continue operation of Big Eddy Marina.

Project Description:  

The Big Eddy Marina project would dredge a total of 49,000 cubic yards of material from an area measuring 12 acres to a depth of -7 feet Columbia River Datum (CRD).  The dredging prism extends 25 feet from the shore outward ranging from 360–500 feet, and 1,220 feet long. A 10-inch cutter head hydraulic suction dredge would be used as the primary method of removal.  The dredge material would be placed in-water using a pipe and spread over the placement area. A clamshell dredge would be used in near shore areas that have limited access. 

Dredged Material Testing:

 Project sediments were evaluated in accordance with the Sediment Evaluation Framework for the Pacific Northwest (SEF).  The interagency Portland Sediment Evaluation Team (PSET) implements the SEF for the Corps Portland District.  For this project, the PSET has determined that sediments in the project area are suitable for unconfined, aquatic disposal and exposure. The proposed project includes future maintenance dredging.  Prior to each maintenance dredging cycle the applicant would be required to coordinate with the Corps and the PSET to determine if additional sediment testing is required.


The applicant proposes to avoid and minimize impacts from the project by avoiding the shoreline and riparian areas. All work will occur during the November 15th to March 15th in-water work window. The applicant did not propose compensatory mitigation in the permit application.  The Corps will determine the type and amount of compensatory mitigation necessary to offset environmental losses from the proposed project.


 Nine (9) drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2006-856-1. Copies of this public notice, which have been mailed or otherwise physically distributed, feature project drawings in black and white.  The electronic version features those drawings in color, which may more accurately illustrates the proposed project.  To access the electronic version of this public notice, go to the Portland District website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/ and select Regulatory Branch Permit Information.  At the Regulatory page select Regulatory Public Notices.

Additional Information:

The marina has been in operation since the 1940s’s, with periodic maintenance dredging, most recently in the 1990’s. A levee is located along the south banks of the Columbia River by the marina, which has NE Marine Drive along the top. The moorage is primarily a floating community with some open slips. The floating home are hooked up to utilities and rarely moved. No significant land use changes have occurred on site. A second dredge cycle is proposed to remove the same amount of material inside the same footprint, within 10 years of initial dredging. 


The proposed project will be evaluated under the following:

Section 10, Rivers and Harbors Act 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403), for work in or affecting navigable waters of the United States.

Section 404, Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344), for discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines:

 The described discharge will be evaluated for compliance with guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under authority of Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act.  The 404(b)(1) Guidelines are the substantive criteria used in evaluating discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

Water Quality Certification:

 Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1341) requires applicants to obtain a water quality certification for proposed discharges into waters of the United States.  A permit for the described work will not be issued until certification has been issued or is waived from the certifying state.  Attached is the state's notice for a water quality certification.

Endangered Species:

 Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C 1536) requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered or that may adversely modify designated critical habitat.  The Corps’ preliminary review indicates the described activity may affect an endangered or threatened species or designated critical habitat.  The Corps has initiated consultation under Section 7 of the ESA.  The Corps will complete the required consultation prior to finalizing a permit decision.

Essential Fish Habitat:  

Section 305(b)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) as amended (16 U.S.C 1855), requires Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on all actions, or proposed actions, permitted, funded, or undertaken by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH).  The Corps’ preliminary review indicates the described activity would adversely affect EFH at the project location or in the vicinity.  The Corps will has initiated consultation under Section 305(b)(2) of the MSA.  The Corps will complete the required consultation prior to finalizing a permit decision.

Historic Properties/Cultural Resources:

 Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470), requires Federal agencies to consult with the appropriate State and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to take into account the effects of actions they undertake or permit on historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Corps’ preliminary review indicates to the best of our knowledge, the described activity is not located on property registered or eligible for registration in the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places.  At this time the Corps is unaware of any cultural resource surveys of the project area.  

This notice has been provided to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), interested Native American Indian Tribes, and other interested parties.  If you have information pertaining to cultural resources within the permit area, please provide this information to the Corps’ project manager identified at the end of this notice to assist in a complete evaluation of potential effects.

Public Hearing:

 Any person may request in writing within the comment period specified in this notice that a public hearing be held to consider this application.  Requests for public hearings shall state with particularity the reasons for holding a public hearing.


 The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact, including cumulative impacts, of the described activity on the public interest.  That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the described activity, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.  All factors, which may be relevant to the described activity will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.

The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.  Comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal.  Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.  Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing.

Submitting Comments:

 Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the proposed project.  Comments may be submitted by conventional mail or email.  All comments received will be considered in determining whether authorizing the work would be contrary to the public interest.  

Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the Corps reference number as shown on page 1 and include the commenter’s name and address.  In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the Corps reference number.  All comments received will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

Additional information about the proposed project may be obtained from the Corps Project Manager listed below.  All comments, whether by conventional mail or email, must be received no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.  Comments should be submitted to the following mailing address or email address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Regulatory Branch

Ms. Kinsey Friesen

P.O. 2946

Portland, Oregon  97208-2946

Email: Kinsey.m.friesen@usace.army.mil

Telephone:  (503) 808-4378


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Water Quality 401 Certification

Notice Issued: December 27, 2016

Written Comments Due: January 26, 2017

Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2006-856-1

Oregon Department of State Lands No: APP0059449

WHO IS THE APPLICANT: Big Eddy Marina Inc., Jack Whitmore

LOCATION OF CERTIFICATION ACTIVITY:  See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice.

WHAT IS PROPOSED: See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice on the proposed project.

NEED FOR CERTIFICATION: Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act requires applicants for Federal permits or licenses to provide the Federal agency a water quality certification from the State of Oregon if the proposed activity may result in a discharge to waters of the state.

DESCRIPTION OF DISCHARGES: See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice on the proposed project.


 Documents and materials related to water quality issues as a result of the proposal are available for examination and copying at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 401 Water Quality Certification Coordinator, Northwest Region, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97232.  Other project materials are available by contacting the Corps per the attached public notice.

Scheduling an appointment will ensure that water quality documents are readily accessible during your visit.  To schedule an appointment please call DEQ Water Quality at Northwest Region at (503) 229-5263.

Any questions on the water quality certification process may be addressed to the 401 Program Coordinator at (503) 229-6030 or toll free within Oregon at (800) 452-4011.  People with hearing impairments may call the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


Public Hearing:

 Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 340-48-0032 (2) states that “The Corps provides public notice of and opportunity to comment on the applications, including the application for certification, provided that the department (DEQ), in its discretion, may provide additional opportunity for public comment, including public hearing.” 

Written comments:

Written comments on project elements related to water quality must be received at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality by 5 p.m. on the date specified in the upper right section on page one of this notice.  Written comments may be emailed, mailed or faxed as described below: 

Email -401publiccomments@deq.state.or.us


Mail -  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Northwest Region

           700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600

           Portland, Oregon 97232           

           Attn:  401 Water Quality Certification Coordinator 

Fax - (503) 229-6957


 DEQ will review and consider all comments received during the public comment period.  Following this review, certification of the proposal may be issued as proposed, issued with conditions, or denied.  You will be notified of DEQ's final decision if you submit comments during the comment period.  Otherwise, if you wish to receive notification, please call or write DEQ at the above address.


 This publication is available in alternate format (e.g. large print, Braille) upon request.  Please contact DEQ Office of Communications and Outreach at (503) 229-5317 or toll free within Oregon at 1-800-452-4011 to request an alternate format.  People with a hearing impairment can receive help by calling the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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