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Glenwood Mitigation Bank Prospectus

Portland District
Published July 10, 2020

Oregon Department of State Lands

Issue Date: July 10, 2020
Expiration Date: August 10, 2020
US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2019-128
Oregon Department of State Lands No: 61912

 

30 Day Notice

NWP-2019-128 figures

Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) and the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) have received a request to establish the proposed Glenwood Wetland Mitigation Bank. The Corps and DSL are soliciting comments on the proposed mitigation bank.

A mitigation bank is a site where aquatic resources (e.g., wetlands and streams) are restored, established/created, enhanced, and/or preserved for the purpose of providing compensatory mitigation for impacts authorized by the Corps under the authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and/or by DSL under the authority of Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law (ORS 196.800 - 196.990). A mitigation bank sells credits to permittees whose obligation to provide compensatory mitigation is transferred to the mitigation bank sponsor.

Bank Sponsor: Glenwood Wetland, LLC
Attention: Jay Hoffman
22307 Southwest Munger Lane
Sherwood, Oregon 97140
Email: jay@tvpfarms.com
Telephone: (503) 628-0772

Location: The proposed mitigation bank site is located in the Tualatin River floodplain at 13220 Southwest Hillsboro Highway, in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon. The site is in Section Sections 4, 8, and 9, Township 2 South, Range 2 West at Latitude and Longitude: 45.420000°, -122.950000° (Enclosure 1).

Service Area: The mitigation bank service area is the geographic area within which impacts can be mitigated at a specific mitigation bank. The proposed service area for this bank is the Tualatin Watershed (4th Field Hydrologic Unit 17090010) (Enclosure 1). This service area includes the urbanizing areas of Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, King City, Sherwood, Aloha, Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, North Plains, Banks, and Gaston.

Bank Description: The proposed bank would generate wetland credits by restoring and enhancing wetlands and upland buffers. The goals of the project include converting the existing agricultural fields to a wetland complex, improving the functions of existing wetland areas, increasing the acreage of wetlands, developing diverse native plant communities and buffers, and ensuring a mechanism for long-term protection and management.

The proposal includes disrupting drain tiles, installing wooden posts as an anchor to encourage beaver dam establishment, and planting of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species. No grading, placement of dredged or fill material in wetlands or streams, or removal of material from wetlands or streams is proposed. Existing drainage ditches would be left to self-restore. If fully successful the 162-acre Bank project would restore approximately 57 acres of wetland and enhance 90 acres of wetland. The project includes 15 acres of upland buffers. The Sponsor also seeks to generate stream mitigation credits for stream channels that may develop naturally within the bank. Proposed wetland types are riverine, slope, and flats classes; palustrine emergent (127 acres), palustrine scrub-shrub (12 acres), and palustrine forested (8 acres). Additional figures in Enclosure 1.

Prospectus: A prospectus provides information on a proposed mitigation bank. A copy of the full prospectus for the proposed bank is available for review on the DSL’s website (https://lands.dsl.state.or.us). At this website, select “Check Permit and Authorization Status,” then select “Washington County,” and then select the Sponsor’s name from the list. A copy of the prospectus may be requested from the Corps or DSL.

Evaluation: The Corps and DSL will review all comments received and make an initial evaluation as to the potential of the proposed mitigation bank to provide compensatory mitigation for impacts authorized by the Corps and/or DSL. Comments received in response to this notice will be provided to the bank Sponsor and to an Interagency Review Team (IRT). The IRT may include federal, state, local, and/or tribal representatives. The role of the IRT is to review documents for, and advise the Corps and DSL on, the establishment and management of mitigation banks.

If the Corps and DSL determine the proposed mitigation bank has the potential for providing appropriate compensatory mitigation, the Sponsor will prepare and submit a mitigation banking instrument. The instrument is a legal document governing the establishment, operation, and use of a mitigation bank. The Corps and DSL, in coordination with the IRT, will review the mitigation banking instrument and determine whether to approve the mitigation bank.

Submitting Comments: Comments may be submitted to the Corps or DSL representatives listed below by conventional mail, e-mail, or through the DSL’s website. All comments, whether by conventional mail or email, must be received no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the Corps and DSL 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 and DSL reference number. All comments received will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release by the Corps under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

Additional information about the proposed mitigation bank may be obtained from the Corps and/or DSL contacts listed below.

Jessica Menichino
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
CENWP-ODG
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946
Email: Jessica.M.Menichino@usace.army.mil
Telephone: (503) 808-4382

Melody Rudenko
Oregon Department of State Lands
775 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1279
Telephone: (503) 508-4035