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Posted: 6/17/2014

Expiration date: 7/1/2014

PUBLIC NOTICE for Permit Application



                        Issue Date: June 17, 2014

                                    Expiration Date: July 1, 2014

                                    US Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2013-240

15-Day Notice                                              Oregon Department of State Lands No: 55017-RF



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 (Corps) 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

                        Benny A. Dean Jr. (Benny.A.Dean@usace.army.mil)

                        Eugene Field Office

                        211 East 7th Avenue, Suite 105

                        Eugene, Oregon  97401-2722

Applicant:     Bonneville Power Administration


                        P.O. Box 61409

                        Vancouver, Washington 98666-1409


Location:      The project is a corridor project which begins at the Bonneville Power Administration substation in Alvey, located south of Eugene, Lane County, extends south to Reston in Douglas County, and west to Fairview, Coos County, Oregon.  The site begins in Section 14, of Township 18 South, Range 3 West and continues through Section 24 of Township 27 South, Range 12 West.


Waterway:    Through the project corridor there are over 680 identified wetlands and waterways.

Project Description:  The project entails replacing aged wood pole structures and associated structural components on the existing 230-kV Alvey-Fairview transmission line and upgrading roads to facilitate construction and year-round access for maintenance. Project activities that may result in impacts to waters and wetlands include removal and replacement of wood pole transmission line structures, access road upgrades, including upgrading existing roads, developing new roads, maintenance or replacement of culverts, and installation of dip drains.  Overall there will be a total of 5.61 acres of temporary impacts and 7.16 acres of permanent impacts combined in the Coast Fork Willamette River watershed, South Umpqua watershed, Umpqua watershed, and the Coquille River watershed.


Of the 709 transmission pole structures that would be replaced with this project, 87 are located within wetlands, including 18 three-pole structures and 69 two-pole structures.  Permanent impacts to wetlands would consist of excavation of a 5-foot diameter hole at each pole location to a depth of 10 to 12 feet.  A 4-foot diameter corrugated metal pipe footing (e.g., culvert) will be installed upright in the hole extending to the soil surface.  The new pole will be placed within the vertical pipe and will be backfilled with gravel or crushed rock.  The use of culverts surrounding the poles improves the stability of the pole in soft wetland soils and increases the longevity of the pole by due to backfill with aggregate (3/4-inch crushed rock).


Improving roads involves minor adjustments to existing roadways or driveways to correct light rutting, adjust cross slope for drainage, and apply additional surfacing material as needed to support construction and future maintenance.  Road improvement would consist of light grading and application of 3 inch of 1 ½ inch minus gravel material and should result in an increase in road width of less than 2 feet.  All Improve Road work would have less than a 20 percent increase in road width.  About 34.7 miles of existing access roads or driveways would have road improvements associated with the project.


Reconstruction of roads involves rough grading to adjust existing roadway grades, increase roadway width, smooth out depressions, adjust the cross slope for drainage followed by application of base material and surfacing. For road reconstruction, grading may be done in the top 4 inches of the existing road surface and fill for road reconstruction would include addition of 5 inches of 1 1/2 inch minus gravel to the final graded surface.  About 57.6 miles of existing access roads are proposed for reconstruction.  Roadways for reconstruction may need to be widened by more than 2 feet, are partially covered with vegetation or debris, or require substantial work within the road prism to return the roadway to a usable condition.  Subgrade stabilization, which would include slightly deeper excavation and fill of coarse rock, may be required if soft subgrade conditions exist or as determined by the contractor.


Road construction involves excavation of the existing ground surface and the import of rock to develop a solid subbase and road surface.  The road bed would be constructed with excavation of approximately 0.5 to 1 foot of soil that would be considered removal of fill from wetlands where the alignment crosses wetlands. The road bed would be constructed with 5 inches of crushed 3 inch minus rock with a minimum of 3 inches of 1 1/2 inch minus gravel on the travel surface. Where soft soil conditions dictate the need for subgrade stabilization, 1 foot of native soil would be excavated from the road alignment, followed by the placement of 1 foot of quarry spalls wrapped in geotextile fabric, which is then overlain by 5 inches of compacted road surfacing material.  About 6.5 miles of new permanent road would need to be constructed to allow complete access to the alignment for transmission structure replacement.


Temporary roadways built during construction to access the transmission facility in locations where permanent roadways will not be constructed.  A temporary road may be necessary to address topography, soil conditions, seasonal site conditions, safety concerns, or other site conditions encountered during construction.  These roads will be fully removed after project completion and the site will be restored after the road is no longer needed for construction.  The temporary fill materials could include timbers, ground mats, or gravel over geotextile fabric.  All fill would be removed after rebuild construction. Areas would be returned to pre-construction contours and seeded with a native seed mix or seed mix requested by the landowner.  To minimize cost and site disturbance, temporary roads are installed to minimum machine access standards (as narrow as practicable).  Approximately 1.28 miles of temporary access road are proposed along the 98-mile transmission line corridor.


A total of 84 culvert replacements are proposed which includes 14 upgrades to culverts designed for fish passage and 70 replacement culverts. Five new 18-inch diameter culverts would be installed.  Seven bridges would be installed including three new bridges to replace the existing culverts.  Four existing bridges in disrepair would be replaced within their existing footprints.


Temporary staging areas may be selected by the contractor for use during construction along or near the transmission line easement to stockpile structure materials and construction equipment.


Mitigation: The applicant has proposed purchasing credits from Coyote Prairie North Mitigation Bank, Cow Hollow Mitigation Bank, and Umpqua Interior Foothills in-lieu fee project as compensatory wetland mitigation for permanent impacts of the project.

If a permit is issued, the Corps will determine what is appropriate and practicable compensatory mitigation.  The amount of compensatory mitigation required shall be commensurate with the anticipated impacts of the project.

Purpose:  The project purpose is to maintain the existing utility lines and to maintain/upgrade access roads.


Drawing(s):  Thirty (30) drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2013-240


Additional Information:  Additional information may be obtained from Mr. Benny A. Dean Jr., Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (541)465-6769 or email Benny.A.Dean@usace.army.mil.

Authority:  This permit will be issued or denied 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.


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) has been initiated by the Bonneville Power Administration.  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 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 Bonneville Power Administration is completing a cultural Resources inventory and is coordinating the findings with the State Historic Preservation Office.


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 on page 1 of 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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