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Posted: 6/13/2012

Expiration date: 7/12/2012

PUBLIC NOTICE for Permit Application

                        Issue Date:  June 12, 2012

                                    Expiration Date:  July 12, 2012

                                    US Army Corps of Engineers No:  NWP-2010-447

30-Day Notice                                                                    Oregon Department of State Lands No:  N/A



Interested parties are hereby notified that an application has been received for a Department of the Army permit for certain work in waters of the United States, as described below and shown on the attached plan.


Comments:  Comments on the described work should reference the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers number shown above and reach this office no later than the above expiration date of this Public Notice to become part of the record and be considered in the decision. Comments should be mailed to the following address:


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Shelly Lynch, Michelle.R.Lynch@usace.army.mil

P.O. Box 2946

Portland, OR  97208-2946


Applicant:  Port of Astoria, 422 Gateway Ave., Suite 100, Astoria, OR 97103


Location:  The proposed project is located on the Columbia River, at Rivermile 13, in Astoria, Clatsop Co., Oregon in Section 13, Township 8 North, Range 10 West.


Waterway:  The project is located on the Columbia River at River Mile 13.

Project Description:  The proposed project will construct approximately 1,064 lineal feet of new bulkhead along an existing intertidal and shallow subtidal slope. Bulkhead construction will require 2.0 acres of fill in existing aquatic sites. Approximately 220,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged over 7.7 acres.


Mitigation:  The applicant has provided a proposed compensatory wetland mitigation plan for pile removal and shoreline enhancement. The amount of compensatory mitigation required shall be commensurate with the anticipated impacts of the project.

Purpose:  The project will improve the infrastructure of Pier III allowing it to handle log storage, transport and export and to accommodate log ship loading operations.


Drawings:  Ten drawings are attached and labeled Corp No. NWP-2010-447.


Additional Information:  Additional information may be obtained from Shelly Lynch, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-962-0401 or e-mail Michelle.R.Lynch@usace.army.mil.


Authority:  This permit will be issued or denied 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.


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.


Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation:  The impact of the activity on the public interest will be evaluated in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines pursuant to Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act.


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.


Endangered Species:  Preliminary determinations indicate that the described activity may affect an endangered or threatened species or its critical habitat. Consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (87 Stat. 844) will be initiated. A permit for the proposed activity will not be issued until the consultation process is completed.


Cultural Resources:  An initial evaluation of the proposed project area 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, 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 above in this notice) to assist in a complete evaluation of potential effects.


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 described activity 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 this 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.


Additional Requirements:  State law requires that leases, easements, or permits be obtained for certain works or activity in the described waters. These State requirements must be met where applicable, and a Department of the Army permit must be obtained before any work within the applicable Statutory Authority previously indicated may be accomplished. Other local governmental agencies may also have ordinances or requirements, which must be satisfied before the work is accomplished.


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