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What is Section 408?

Section 408 is the process that allows alteration to a federally authorized project. The proposed project cannot pose a risk to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the federally authorized project. Examples of federally authorized projects include, but are not limited to levees, dams and the federal navigation channel.

This requirement was established in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, codified at 33 United States Code (USC) 408 (Section 408).

Section 408 public notices

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    Issue Date: October 12, 2020

Expiration Date: October 26, 2020

Corps Reference: PM-F-Port of Longview Berth-4-Demolition-2020

15-Day Notice                                                           

This Public Notice announces the Section 408 review of the Port of Longview Berth 4 Demolition Project.

Portland District is reviewing the Port of Longview’s Berth 4 Demolition project.  The Port of Longview proposes to demolish seven existing structures at Berth 4 in Longview, Washington. The upland area at Berth 4 contains a grain elevator and silo complex. After demolition is complete a low-lying portion of the site located waterward of the silo complex will be filled to bring the area up to grade. Grade improvements will also include replacing an existing access road, improvements to site stormwater management and limited resurfacing.

Alteration of a federally authorized project: This proposed project would modify a federal flood protection system and therefore require authorization from the Corps, pursuant to 33 USC 408 (Section 408). Section 408 provides authority to the Secretary of the Army to grant permission for the alteration or modification of Corps federal civil works projects when, in the judgment of the Secretary, such alteration or modification will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the project.

Consideration of Comments:  The Corps is soliciting comments specific to this project from the public, federal, state and local agencies and officials, and other interested parties. Comments will be considered in determining whether it would be in the public interest to proceed with this action.

All comments received will become part of the official 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.

Comments:  Interested parties may submit, in writing, any comments directed specifically to this proposal and not to other regulatory processes administered by the Corps or other government agencies pertaining to the Port of Longview’s Berth 4 Demolition project. 

Comments should refer to PM-F- PM-F-Port of Longview Berth-4-Demolition-2020 and the date of this Public Notice (October 12, 2020), and be postmarked by the comment due date (October 26, 2020). 

Comments must be sent to the

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District,

ATTN:  Ms. Valerie W. Higdon,

P.O. Box 2946

Portland, Oregon 97208-2946. 

Alternatively, comments can be sent electronically to:, message subject MUST SAY:  Public Notice PM-F-Port of Longview Berth-4-Demolition-2020.        

For additional information, please call Ms. Valerie W. Higdon at (503) 808-4765.  This public notice is issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.

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How to apply for a Section 408 permission

To determine if your project needs a Section 408 review, please copy and paste the requested information below, complete with your project details, to the following email address:

If your project impacts waters of the United States (including wetlands), you may also need a permit from our Regulatory office.
If both a Regulatory permit and Section 408 permission are required, the Regulatory permit cannot be issued, before or without, the Section 408 permission.

Contact info:
• Name (first/last)
• Mailing Address
• Phone number (555-555-5555)
• E-mail
• Applicant/Agent type (indicate one: consultant/state/county/city/port/diking district/internal USACE/private citizen/other)
• Applicant rep (indicate one: self/name of firm/government office)

Project information:
• Location of proposed work (street/city/zip code/County)
• Latitude (in decimal degrees, i.e. 1.11)
• Longitude (in decimal degrees, i.e. 1.11)
• Google Maps link (Google Maps pin drop location via url)
• Describe the proposed project (be as detailed as possible)
• Is it a levee project?
   If yes, what is the diking district's name and contact information?
   Check the National Levee Database to find your diking district.
   If the diking district is inactive, state "inactive."
• Have you contacted the diking district about your project?
• Have you contacted the Portland District Regulatory Office?
   If yes, who is the Regulatory Project Manager?
• Current land ownership
• Section township range
• Work type (indicate one: new construction/maintenance/installation/dredging/environmental restoration/gravel mining)
• Other work type (if other work type, explain)
• Attach relevant documents such as plans and specifications to your email. If the attachments are too large to send via email, request an upload link by sending an email to