Application for Permit
Issue Date: November 17, 2022
Expiration Date: December 17, 2022
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2020-483-1
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 drawings. The Corps is soliciting comments on the proposed work.
Applicant: Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)
Attention: John Marshall
4200 Roosevelt Boulevard
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Telephone: (541) 685-7000
Applicant’s Agent: Terra Science, Inc.
Attention: David Monnin, PWS
4710 SW Kelly Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, Oregon 97239
Telephone: (503) 449-2230
Location: The project site is located at 190 Bertelsen Road, in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon. The site is in Section 27 and 28, Township 17 South, Range 4 West. Latitude and Longitude:44.0636 North, -123.1650 West.
Waterway: Wetlands A, B, C, D, and Baxter Ditch. The wetland boundaries or 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 wetland/waters are substantially inaccurate a new public notice may be published.
Project Purpose: The applicant’s stated purpose is to provide a secure, flexible, and seismically resilient operations and storage area capable of housing construction materials, equipment, fleet vehicles, and operational facilities.
Project Description: The proposed project is the Roosevelt Operations Center Expansion Project. The project proposes to fill a total of 2.68 acres of palustrine emergent and palustrine forested wetlands for the construction of an industrial site. Up to 3,950 cubic yards (cy) of construction materials, including aggregate, topsoil, concreate, asphalt and infrastructure, would be placed within 0.54 acres of Wetland A. Up to 700 cy of construction materials would be placed within 0.18 acre of Wetland B. Up to 8,300 cy of construction materials would be placed within 1.72 acres of Wetland C. Up to 1,340 cy of construction materials would be placed within 0.24 acres of Wetland D. No impacts to Baxter Ditch are currently proposed. There are no temporary impacts to wetlands or waters proposed.
Prior to filling wetlands, the wetlands would be stripped of topsoil and vegetation to target subgrades using large construction equipment. Next, approximately 1.0 foot of subsoil would receive soil-cement treatment and compaction to create the development surface. Upon subsoil preparation, heavy equipment would place and level fill material throughout the wetlands. Subsurface utility installations would occur concurrent with mass grading.
Spoils generated during construction would be temporarily stockpiled in uplands within the development footprint. When possible, stockpiled materials would be utilized as backfill within identified landscape and visual screen areas along the north and west site boundaries. Excess materials would be disposed of offsite at a suitable upland location.
The proposed work would be constructed in six phases over ten years:
Phase 1: Construction of a semi-permanent gravel materials laydown yard and paved vehicle aisles with secure North Access Road extending from Roosevelt Boulevard. This includes the construction of site stormwater treatment facilities.
Phase 2: Construction of a secondary access road (South Access Road) extending from Bertelsen Road. This includes construction of paved on-/offloading space for semi-trailers to serve Phase I materials laydown yard.
Phase 3: Improvements to Phase I gravel laydown yard for development of uncovered equipment/material storage areas, training facility, switch seismic storage, and Incident Command System (ICS) Response facility.
Phase 4: Construction of VAC truck fleet storage, interior storage bays, and covered storage areas.
Phase 5: Construction of Project Facilitation HUB and associated parking/staging areas.
Phase 6: Construction of East Access Road and emergency staging area.
Mitigation: The applicant proposes to avoid and minimize impacts from the project by following the Mazzetti erosion and sediment control plans. All erosion and sediment control measures will be in place prior to construction and will be inspected daily. Gravel construction drives would be installed and maintained to minimize offsite transport of sediment adjacent to roadways. No equipment operation or staging would encroach into avoided wetland areas and no stockpiles or side cast materials would be paced outside of the identified project footprint and staging areas. 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 applicant proposes to purchase 2.68 acre credits from the Coyote Prairie North Mitigation Bank. The Corps will determine the type and amount of compensatory mitigation necessary to offset environmental losses from the proposed project.
Drawings: Ten (10) drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2020-483-1. 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 under Regulatory Pages select Permit Application Public Notices.
Additional Information: The work would be completed over a 10-year period.
Authority: The proposed project will be evaluated under the following:
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. The Corps will evaluate the fill material source (i.e., borrow site) prior to finalizing a permit decision.
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. The state’s notice for a water quality certification is attached.
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 has initiated 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. A historic properties investigation has been conducted within a portion of the permit area. No sites determined eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places were found to exist within the permit area. The permit area has been so extensively modified by agriculture activity and adjacent 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 Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, interested Native American 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 applied for the following additional governmental authorizations for the project: Removal-Fill Permit from the Department of State Lands (DSL) (DLS No. APP0064083), City of Eugene Development Permits.
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; Native American 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
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946
Telephone: (503) 808-4387
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Water Quality 401 Certification
Notice Issued: November 17, 2022
Written Comments Due: December 17, 2022
Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2020-483-1
Oregon Department of State Lands No: APP0064083
WHO IS THE APPLICANT: Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)
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.” Additional Section 401 process information is available on DEQ’s webpage (https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/wqpermits/Pages/Section-401-Certification.aspx).
Written comments: Written comments on project elements related to water quality must be received at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality by 11:59 p.m. on the date specified in the upper right section on page one of this notice. Comments may be submitted electronically or through standard mail.
Electronic – Written comments may be submitted electronically through Your DEQ Online (https://ydo.oregon.gov/pub/login). For questions regarding account registration, system navigation, or training resources, please visit the Your DEQ Online help webpage (https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Permits/Pages/Your-DEQ-Online-Help.aspx).
Mail – Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Northwest Region
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite #600
Portland, Oregon 97232
Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification 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. Public records can be accessed through the Your DEQ Online public records portal webpage
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.