US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

Contact: section408nwp@usace.army.mil

Program Manager: Marci Johnson

503-808-4765

Public Affairs: 503-808-4510

CENWP-PA@usace.army.mil

 

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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SPECIAL PUBLIC NOTICE
Government Island Restoration Section 408 Review

Issue date: June 17, 2019
Expiration date: July 2, 2019
Corps reference: PM-F-Government-Island-Restoration-2019

15-day notice

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This Public Notice announces the Section 408 review of the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) Government Island Restoration project. 

Portland District is reviewing CREST’s proposal to evaluate restoration actions, select of a set of preferred restoration actions, and develop the construction-ready design documents for implementation of the selected project to benefit juvenile salmonids, while balancing the Port of Portland’s (Port) existing mitigation requirements.  

The Government Island Restoration project is being conducted by CREST in association with the Port. 

Government Island is owned by the Port and Metro. Metro is the regional government, responsible for regional land use planning across the Portland metropolitan area, encompassing incorporated and unincorporated areas in Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and Washington County and that is responsible for regional land use planning. Government Island is managed under a cooperative agreement between the Port and the State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Habitats on the island include upland forest, riparian forest, grasslands, and freshwater wetlands.  A sizable portion of the wetlands on the island are held as waterfowl habitat mitigation lands established in the mid-1990’s by the Port as compensation for filling of wetland areas adjacent to runways at Portland International Airport to eliminate bird-airplane hazards. 

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has provided grant funding to CREST in support of the feasibility and design tasks associated with the project. 

Project purpose: The suite of restoration actions selected for the overall proposed project design include:

  • Removal of a tide gated water control structure that currently excludes fish access from much of the floodplain interior habitats of Government Island;  
  • Installation of large wood to facilitate fish passage, herptile and beaver habitat enhancement, and maintenance of the Port’s waterfowl mitigation wetland acreage;  
  • Reconnection of a historical wetland swale along the upstream portion of the island to enhance fish and wildlife access and habitat function;  
  • Removal of invasive plant species and re-vegetation with a native plant palette specified by habitat zones (e.g. low to mid-elevation emergent marsh, high marsh, and riparian/upland); and,  
  • Enhancement of riparian and upland wildlife habitats through construction of hibernacula and habitat piles.

Alteration of a federally authorized project: This proposed project would modify a federal flood protection system (revetment) 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 Government Island Restoration project.  

Comments should refer to PM-F-Government-Island-Restoration-2019 and the date of this Public Notice (June 12, 2019), and be postmarked by the comment due date (June 27, 2019).  

Comments must be sent to:
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:  valerie.w.higdon@usace.army.mil, message subject MUST SAY:  Public Notice PM-F-Government-Island-Restoration-2019.
        
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.
 

 

SPECIAL PUBLIC NOTICE
Port of Longview Birth 6 Section 408 Review

Issue Date: June 20, 2019
Expiration Date: July 8, 2019
Corps Reference: PM-F-Port-of-Longview-Berth-6-2019

15-Day Notice 
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This Public Notice announces the Section 408 review of the Port of Longview (POL) Berth 6 Stormwater Conveyance and Treatment System Project in Longview, Washington. 

Portland District is reviewing POL’s proposal to construct the stormwater conveyance and treatment system. This project is being undertaken to meet Washington Department of Ecology’s regulatory requirements and consists of proposed improvements to the collection, conveyance, treatment, and infiltration system for managing stormwater runoff from Berth 6 (B6 SW System). Berth 6 includes approximately 3.0 acres of dock used primarily to import and export break bulk cargo and logs, an approximately 2.9-acre covered Transit Shed 6 (TS6), and approximately 33 acres of upland paved storage area. 

Project purpose: The B6 SW System is designed to manage stormwater runoff from a portion of the dock and upland area adjacent to TS6, where log loading operations are periodically conducted. Runoff from a portion of the Berth 6 dock and the upland area downriver of Transit Shed 6 will be collected and conveyed to a new stormwater lift station located on Berth 6. The collection and conveyance system will cross the Cowlitz Diking Improvement District #1 levee in three locations at approximately five to six feet below the top of the levee, the majority of which is overbuilt in the vicinity of the project. A portion of the conveyance infrastructure and the pump station will be located in the levee right of way. The conveyance infrastructure will carry stormwater to a treatment facility located west of the Port’s wastewater storage pond.

Alteration of a federal authorized project: This proposed project would modify a federal flood protection system (levee) and therefore requires 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 part of the record, and considered in determining whether it would be in the public interest to proceed with this action. 

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 Berth 6 project. Comments should refer to PM-F-Port of Longview Berth 6 2019 and the date of this Public Notice (June 20, 2019), and be postmarked by the comment due date.

Comments must be sent to the following address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
ATTN: Ms. Marci E. Johnson
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

Alternatively, comments can be sent electronically to: marci.e.johnson@usace.army.mil, message subject MUST SAY: Public Notice PM-F-Port of Longview Berth 6-2019.
        
For additional information, please call Ms. Marci E. Johnson 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: section408nwp@usace.army.mil.

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)
• 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)
• Attachments (include in e-mail or if too large use https://safe.amrdec.army.mil and use section408nwp@usace.army.mil as a recipient.