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***Important Notice regarding Section 408 Funding***

As of July 2022, USACE has expended the $10 million appropriated funding received in the Fiscal Year 2022 which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022, for performing Section 408-related reviews and activities.

Portland District’s ability to process Section 408 requests will be impacted. This may include a need to pause activities for current applications and delay start on any new applications received. Options for applicants that have needs may include entering into a funding agreement (reference Appendix I, EC 1165-2-220), or waiting for new appropriations to be received in fiscal year 2023 which may begin as soon as October 2022, but could be delayed according to when a Federal Budget is passed. Section 408 requests that are funded with a current Funding Agreement will not be impacted as they are funded by the applicant through the funding agreement.


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

Sea Scouts Portland Sea Base Piling Removal 408 Review

Portland District
Published Feb. 3, 2021
Expiration date: 3/18/2021

Issue Date: February 3, 2021
Expiration Date: February 18, 2021
Corps Reference: PM-F-Sea-Scouts-Portland-Sea-Base-2021

15-Day Notice

This Public Notice announces the Section 408 review of the Sea Scouts Portland Sea Base Piling Removal Project. 

Portland District is reviewing The Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (CPC) proposed piling removal work at 7005 NE Marine Drive Portland, OR. The CPC is proposing to remove (54) steel and (14) wood pilings from the Columbia River and adjacent Multnomah County levee. Steel and wood pilings will be removed by vibrating hammer and will lift each pile by use of a crane mounted to a barge. Wood pilings that are broken or intractable will be removed by the vibratory method; however, if a wood piling cannot be successfully lifted out of the sediment then the wood piling will be removed by use of a diver and cut or stump off at least 1 foot below the surface of the sediment. All pilings will be removed and placed on barge for removal from site. A debris and containment boom will be deployed around the work area during the in-water activities. Maintenance debris will be properly disposed offsite.

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 Sea Scouts Portland Sea Base Piling Removal Project.

Comments should refer to PM-F-Sea-Scouts-Portland-Sea-Base-2021 and the date of this Public Notice (February 3, 2021), and be postmarked by the comment due date (February 18, 2021).

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:, message subject MUST SAY: Public Notice PM-F-Pacific Power’s Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Replacement Project-2020

For additional information, please call Ms. Valerie W. Higdon at (503) 808-4694.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