Notice of Availability of the Final Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
The Notice of Availability for the Final Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP- FEIS) published in the Federal Register on Friday, August 31, 2018, stated the waiting period for signature of the MRRMP-FEIS Record of Decision would end on October 9, 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the waiting period through October 22, 2018.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project Proposed by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District, Lewis County, WA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Seattle District received a permit application from the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District (applicant) for the construction of a flood retention structure on the upper Chehalis River and the raising of levees at the Centralia-Chehalis Airport. A Department of the Army (DA) permit is required for the project pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Corps has determined the proposed project may have significant individual and/or cumulative impacts on the human environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Preparation of the EIS will support the Corps' eventual decision to either issue, issue with modification or deny the DA permit for the proposed action. The EIS will assess the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of the projects and is intended to be sufficient in scope to address Federal, State, and local requirements, environmental and socio-economic issues concerning the proposed action, and permit reviews. The EIS process begins with the publication of this Notice of Intent. The EIS will be prepared according to the Corps' procedures for implementing NEPA, and consistent with the Corps' policy to facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals. The Corps will serve as the lead federal agency for this EIS pursuant to the requirements of NEPA. The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will serve as the lead agency for the separate EIS pursuant to the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Corps and Ecology have agreed to participate in joint scoping to simplify the public comment process for the two separate EISs.
Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests To Alter US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-220, Policy and Procedural Guidance for Processing Requests to Alter US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects Pursuant to Section 408. This agency policy document provides the policies and procedures related to how USACE will process certain requests by others to alter a USACE Civil Works project under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (more commonly referred to as Section 408). The draft version of this EC was made available for public comment from February 5, 2018 to April 6, 2018. USACE reviewed and considered all comments received, and revised the EC to reflect those comments to the maximum extent possible. The final EC is available on the USACE publications website (http:// www.publications.usace.army.mil/) and via hyperlink on the USACE Section 408 website (http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/ Section408/). The EC is effective beginning September 10, 2018.