Application for Permit
Issue Date: June 10, 2019
Expiration Date: July 10, 2019
US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-1994-565/8
Oregon Department of State Lands No: 25221-RP
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.
Applicant: Salmon Harbor Marina
Attention: Mr. Paul Stallard
P.O. Box 1007
100 Ork Rock Road
Winchester Bay, Oregon 97467
Telephone: (541) 271-3407 ext. 302
Applicant’s Agent: EMC-Engineers/Scientists, LLC
Attention: Mr. Jack Akin
1867 Williams Highway, Ste. 216
Grants Pass, Oregon 97467
Telephone: (541) 474-9434, ext. 1
Location: The project is located in the east and west basins of the Salmon Harbor Marina on the Umpqua River, mile 1.5, in Winchester Bay, Douglas County, Oregon. The site is located in Section 7 of Township 22 South, Range 12 West on Douglas County Assessor’s tax map 22 as 7B, tax lot 100. Latitude and Longitude: 43.1172 North, 124.4019 West
Waterway: Umpqua River, mile 1.5; Pacific Ocean
Project Purpose: The applicant’s stated purpose is to maintain adequate vessel clearance within authorized dredge prisms at the Salmon Harbor Marina.
Project Description: Salmon Harbor Marina (Marina) would dredge approximately 141,514 cubic yards (cy) of sediment in total from approximately 28 acres of an existing 90 acre Marina. All proposed dredging areas are located below the mean high water mark of the East and West Winchester Bay boat basins. The maximum authorized depth established for the Marina and access channel is -16 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW). The applicant would dredge each area to a depth of -12 feet MLLW, which represents the lowest of the two low tides per day averaged over a nineteen year period.
The Marina would dredge over a three year period and has designated priority dredging locations in each Basin: areas 1-1 and 1-2 in the West Basin and area 2-1 and 2-2 in the East Basin, as shown on page two of the drawings. In the first year, the Marina would dredge 13,304 cy from 2.63 acres in the West Basin and 39,412 cy in 7.93 acres of the East Basin. The remaining areas to be dredged in the subsequent two years within the West and East Basins are 55,510 cy from 10.97 acres and 33,288 cy from 6.47 acres respectively.
The Marina would utilize 16 cy and eight cy clamshell buckets and crane with adequate lifting capacity to dredge the basins, and transport dredge material via a split hull scow (barge) and tug boat to two Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites. The proposed disposal sites are located at the Umpqua North Site or Umpqua South Site placement areas in the Pacific Ocean. The approximate centroid locations are Latitude/Longitude 43.684004, -124.224141 and Latitude/Longitude 43.654836, -124.230880 respectively. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would determine whether ocean disposal is appropriate. The Corps, in conjunction with the EPA would determine which site(s) would be used.
Dredging is proposed to run two 12-hour work shifts per day (totaling 24-hours a day), seven days per week. The applicant anticipates the project would be accomplished in 45 days or less per dredging season.
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 applicant would be required to resample by May 2022 to ensure marine benthic toxicity levels are not exceeded.
Mitigation: 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.
Drawings: Four (4) drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-1994-565/8. 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 we think more accurately illustrates the proposed project. To access the electronic version of this public notice, go to the Portland District Regulatory website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory and select Regulatory Public Notices from the list of Regulatory pages.
Additional Information: The work would occur over a three-year period and may occur immediately following the Corps’ regularly scheduled maintenance dredge of the Umpqua River’s federal navigation channel, which generally runs in June through August, outside of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) approved in-water work window. When this cannot be accomplished, maintenance dredging within the East and West Basins would occur during the recognized in-water work window of November 1 to January 31. Any proposed in-water work conducted outside the approved ODFW work window would require review and approval by the Corps, in coordination with federal and state agencies.
Authority: 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.
Section 103, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. 1413), for transport of dredged material for the purpose of dumping it into ocean waters.
Water Quality Certification: A permit for the described work will not be issued until certification, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (P.L. 95 217), has been received or is waived from the certifying state. Attached is the state's notice advertising the request for certification.
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. Should a permit be issued, the Corps will evaluate the fill material source prior to the start of construction.
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA): The work would occur over a three-year period and may occur immediately following the Corps’ regularly scheduled maintenance dredge of the Umpqua River’s federal navigation channel, which generally runs in June through August, outside of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) approved in-water work window. When this cannot be accomplished, maintenance dredging within the East and West Basins would occur during the recognized in-water work window of November 1 to January 31. Any proposed in-water work conducted outside the approved ODFW work window would require review and approval by the Corps, in coordination with federal and state agencies.
Previous discharges at the disposal site have been dredged material from the maintenance of the Federal navigation channel and dredged material from Corps-authorized projects (e.g., dredging at wharfs and boat slips). Previous discharges have generally consisted of silts and sands. The dredged material will be evaluated in accordance with criteria established by the EPA for ocean dumping of dredged material. The Corps will request the EPA’s concurrence for use of the disposal site for this project. The disposal site is managed by the EPA and Corps. Additional information regarding the effects of other authorized disposals at the site is available from the Corps’ website at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environment/DMM.aspx.
Coastal Zone Management: Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1456(c), requires non-Federal applicants seeking a federal license or permit to conduct any activity occurring in or affecting the coastal zone to obtain a Consistency Certification which indicates the activity conforms with the State’s Coastal Zone Management Program. The applicant believes the proposed project would comply with and be conducted in a manner consistent with the Oregon Ocean and Coastal Management Program. Attached is the state's notice for a consistency 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 will initiate 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 initiate 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 (54 U.S.C. 306108), 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.
State and Local Authorizations: The applicant has obtained approval from Douglas County and will be applying for the following additional governmental authorizations for the project: Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
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.
Evaluation: 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 proposal 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 activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. 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 and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
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
Eugene Field Office
211 E. 7th Avenue, Suite 105
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2763
Telephone: (541) 465-6894
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Water Quality 401 Certification
Notice Issued: June 10, 2019
Written Comments Due: July 10, 2019
Corps of Engineers No: NWP-1994-565/8
Oregon Department of State Lands No: 25221-RP
WHO IS THE APPLICANT: Salmon Harbor Marina
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.
WHERE TO FIND DOCUMENTS: 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 Permit 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) 229-5623.
Any questions on the water quality certification process may be addressed to the 401 Permit Coordinator at (503) 229-5623 or toll free within Oregon at (800) 452-4011. People with hearing impairments may call the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 735-2900.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: 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 or mailed as described below:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Northwest Region
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600
Portland, Oregon 97232
Attn: 401 Water Quality Permit Coordinator
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: 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.
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ can provide documents in an alternate format or in a language other than English upon request. Call DEQ at (800) 452-4011 or email email@example.com.
OREGON OCEAN AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Date: June 10, 2019
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers No: Corps No. NWP-1994-565/8
Oregon Department of State Lands No: 25221-RP
NOTIFICATION: For projects subject to coastal zone review, notice is hereby given that the project is being reviewed by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) as provided in Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act. The applicant believes that the activities described in the attached materials would comply with and be conducted in a manner consistent with the Oregon Ocean and Coastal Management Program. Project information can be made available for inspection at DLCD's Salem office.
DLCD is hereby soliciting public comments on the proposed project's consistency with the Oregon Coastal Management Program. Written comments may be submitted to DLCD, 635 Capital Street NE, Suite 150, Salem, Oregon 97301-2540. Comments may also be sent by fax to (503) 378-6033 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received by DLCD on or before the comment deadline listed in the accompanying Corps of Engineers’ Public Notice Application for Permit. For further information, you may call DLCD at (503) 373-0050.
REVIEW CRITERIA: Comments should address consistency with the applicable enforceable policies of the Oregon Coastal Management Program. These enforceable policies are found in the following:
• Acknowledged Local Comprehensive Plans & Implementing Ordinances
• Statewide Planning Goals
• Applicable State Authorities incorporated into the Oregon Coastal Management Program (e.g. Removal-Fill Law, Water Quality Standards, Beach Bill, etc.) as applicable.
A list of specific enforceable policies can be found at the following link:
If you believe this project is inconsistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program, your comments to DLCD should explain why you believe the project is inconsistent and should identify the Oregon Coastal Management Program element(s) in question. You should also describe how the project could be modified, if possible, to make it consistent with the Oregon Coastal Management Program.