Permit Application Public Notices

The United States Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate activities that may impact wetlands and waters of the United States. This authority is granted and defined under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, also known as the Clean Water Act.

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Published Aug. 22, 2019
Expiration date: 9/20/2019

Application for Permit

Issue Date: August 22, 2019
Expiration Date: September 20, 2019
US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2017-474-2
Oregon Department of State Lands No: N/A

30-Day Notice
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: Foss Maritime Company
Attention: Art Dahilin
9030 NW St. Helens Road
Portland, Oregon 97231
Telephone: (503) 978-6540

Applicant’s Agent: Grette Associates 
Attention: Sydney Gerbers
151 S. Worthen St., Suite 101
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Telephone: (509) 663-6300

Location: The project site is located at 9030 NW St. Helens Road in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. The site is in Section 11, Township 1 North, Range 1 West. Latitude and Longitude: 45.5974 North, 122.7112 West

Waterway: The project is located in the Willamette River at River Mile 5.5. The location of the ordinary high water mark shown on the project drawings have not yet been verified by the Corps. If the Corps determines the boundaries of the waters are substantially inaccurate a new public notice may be published.

Project Purpose: The applicant’s stated purpose is to repair and stabilize the bank. 

Project Description: The proposed project is the Foss Maritime Company Tug Terminal Bank Repair Project. The work would repair and stabilize a 209-foot section of eroding riverbank. The project involves rebuilding the river bank to its original profile and re-armoring the newly constructed surface with an articulated concrete block (ACB) mat or blanket. The slope would then be covered with plantings or fish appropriate habitat substrate rock. The work would place up to 2,200 cubic yards (cy) of material below the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) of the Willamette River. The work would also remove a failed stormwater apron onsite, located below the OHWM. The existing outfall would remain located above the OWHM.

To reconstruct eroded portions of the bank, 3- to 6-inch rock would be placed along an approximately 290-foot section to reestablish the original 2H:1V slope. The extent of the fill varies along the shoreline. The upper limit of bank repairs would be set at 31 feet NAVD88. The toe of fill varies from 0 to -5.5 feet NAVD88. Up to 1,900 cy of rock would be placed along the shoreline, with up to 1,700 cy of rock placed below the OWHM. In areas located above elevation 15.5 feet, the fill used to repair the slope would be topped or amended to contain planting medium to support the establishment of riparian vegetation. 

A trench would be constructed perpendicular to the shoreline at the proposed upper terminus of the mat and would serve as an anchor point for the armoring. The repaired riverbank would be armored with an ACB mat. Prior to installation, the repaired bank would be covered with geotextile fabric. The armoring would cover the bank between elevations +31 feet and -3 feet. The work would place up to 400 cy of mat below the OHWM.

The new armored surface would be covered with one of two substrate types. Above elevation 15.5 feet, the slope would be dressed with topsoil to fill the interstices of the ACB mat. Below elevation 15.5 feet, the entire mat would be covered with habitat substrate consisting of gravel and mixed fines. Up to 100 cy of habitat substrate and topsoil would be place below the OHWM. Planting soil would be installed below the OHWM in the dry during low water conditions.

Work would be conducted from uplands or from a barge. To the maximum extent practicable, work would be completed in the dry at low tide conditions. The planned staging area would be located in the paved upland portions of the property. The project area would be planted with native plants from +31 feet to +15.5 feet with woody vegetation, covering approximately 9,100 square feet of shoreline in total, with approximately 2,600 square feet of planting below the OHWM. 

Mitigation: The applicant proposes to avoid and minimize impacts from the project by limiting construction to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife preferred in-water work window for the Willamette River from July 1 through October 31 and demolishing the stormwater apron in the dry during low water conditions. The applicant has provided a proposed compensatory wetland mitigation plan to offset losses of waters of the U.S. that may result from the proposed project. The Corps will determine the type and amount of compensatory mitigation necessary to offset environmental losses from the proposed project.

Drawings: Nine (9) drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2017-474-2. 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 and select Regulatory Public Notices from the list of Regulatory pages.

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 14, Rivers and Harbors Act 1899 (33 U.S.C. 408) (referred to as “Section 408”), for work to alter a Corps civil works project. An alteration is defined as any action that builds upon, alters, improves, moves, occupies or otherwise affects the usefulness, or the structural or ecological integrity of a Corps federally authorized project. The proposed project may alter the Columbia & Lower Willamette Federal Navigation Project. 

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. Should a permit be issued, the Corps will evaluate the fill material source (i.e., borrow site) prior to the start of construction.

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 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 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. The permit area has been so extensively modified by modern development that little likelihood exists for the proposed project to affect an undisturbed historic property or any other type of cultural resource.

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 will be applying for additional authorizations for the project from the following governmental entities: the City of Portland, Oregon Department of State Lands, 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 allow an alteration of a federally authorized project or 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 e-mail. 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 e-mail, 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 e-mail address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regulatory Branch
Ms. Melody White
P.O. 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946
Telephone: (503-808-4385)

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

Notice Issued: August 22, 2019
Written Comments Due: September 20, 2019

Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2017-474-2
Oregon Department of State Lands No: N/A    

WHO IS THE APPLICANT: Foss Maritime Company

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 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 e-mailed or mailed as described below: 

E-mail -

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