USACE PUBLIC NOTICE: Categorical Permission for Section 408 Requests

September 18, 2017 – From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has posted Public Notice Categorical Permission for Section 408 Requests to http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Media/USACE-Project-Public-Notices/. There are numerous U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works projects within the boundaries of the South Pacific Division, Sacramento District.  These projects have been federally authorized by the U.S. Congress and then turned over to a non-federal sponsor to operate and maintain.  Projects may include flood risk reduction projects such as levees and channels located in both rural and urban areas. USACE, pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 408 (Section 408), reviews requests to alter USACE federally authorized civil works projects.  The Section 408 permission process is separate and independent of any Department of the Army Section 404 and Section 10 permitting actions.

In accordance with Engineering Circular (EC) 1165-2-216, the Sacramento District proposes to implement a categorical permission in order to create efficiencies in the review process for Section 408 requests for minor alterations to USACE projects within the civil works boundaries of the district.  The proposed categorical permission would encompass a list of potential alterations that are similar in nature and have similar and minor impacts.  EC 1165-2-216 guidance requires USACE to provide public notice of the activities covered by the categorical permission and to solicit appropriate information from the public to inform the environmental analysis and public interest determination.

For supporting documents and a more detailed description of the proposed categorical permission, please visit: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Media/USACE-Project-Public-Notices/

Written comments and/or a request for a paper copy of the notice may be submitted to Ms. Kaleigh Maze at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Operations and Readiness Branch, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California, 95814-2922, or by email: Kaleigh.Maze@usace.army.mil. Comments must be received by October 18, 2017

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