Archive: 2019
  • Special Public Notice - Finalization of the Missouri Bat Programmatic Informal Consultation Framework

    The purpose of this public notice is to announce the Kansas City, Little Rock, St. Louis, Rock Island, and Memphis Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service have completed programmatic informal consultation for all activities requiring Department of the Army permits. This consultation, which covers activities in waters of the United States within the state of Missouri, complies with the provisions of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Completion of this consultation eliminates the need for individual ESA consultation on most permit applications submitted to the Corps for activities located in habitat for bats protected under the ESA. The completion of this consultation will improve the permit evaluation process by reducing the time required for evaluation of many permit applications while assuring compliance with the requirements of the ESA.

  • P-3124

    Expiration date: 5/16/2019

    Anchor Yankers, seeks authorization, under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, to continue maintenance dredging operations at the facility in Calhoun County, Illinois on the Mississippi River at Mile 225.2, left bank descending. This proposal is for the re-authorization of the same permit issued to the applicant in August of 2011 (P-2760 Public Notice Issued July 19, 2011). Due to the location behind an island, outside the main channel, periodic dredging of this location is required to maintain an operable depth. No more than 2000cy of accumulated river silt will be removed. This will be done by using a long reach trackhoe on a barge. Material will be removed from the entrance to both ends of the channel behind the island. Silt will be placed in a container on a barge and then placed on the Northwest end of the island, behind the bullnose revetment. This will help to speed up the accretion of material on this end of the island where the Corps of Engineers placed a revetment to arrest erosion of the island. Placement of the material will be authorized under Nationwide Permit #27, just as it was in past years. Nationwide Permit #27 has authorization from the State of Illinois, subject to certain conditions; which will be met. The Public Notice comment period opens on April 25, 2019, and closes on May 16, 2019.

  • P-3123

    Expiration date: 4/19/2019

    The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District seeks authorization to discharge fill material below the ordinary high water mark of Black Jack Creek by reconfiguring approximately 1,280 linear feet of the existing channel into a U-shaped concrete lined channel for a project known as Hallstead Storm Channel Phase IV. The proposed creek channel reconfiguration would match an existing 45 foot wide concrete lined channel located immediately upstream of the project. The proposed vertical walled channel would gradually increase from 45 feet wide to 59 feet wide at the downstream limits of the project. At the upstream end of the project limits, the channel walls are proposed to be 12 feet high and would gradually increase to 18 feet high in a downstream direction. The vertical concrete walls at the downstream terminus of the project would flare into the existing banks into a new 120-foot long rip rap or gabion lined plunge pool. The plunge pool is designed to dissipate water velocities before the proposed concrete channel transitions back into a natural creek channel downstream of the project limits. All work would occur within an existing 80-foot wide drainage right-of-way and include improvements to existing storm sewer outfalls. The purpose of the project is to eliminate erosion within the project limits and improve conveyance to reduce potential for overbank flooding. As a result of the flood reduction, approximately 50 homes would no longer be located in the 15 or 100- year floodplain. Authorization for this project was granted February 7, 2006 (P-2481) and compensatory mitigation associated with unavoidable impacts to 1400 feet of Black Jack Creek was completed downstream through the creation of riparian buffer habitat in 2007. The project authorization was extended until December 30, 2015, however, construction was never initiated by the applicant. In accordance with the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rulemaking Regulations, compensatory mitigation for the proposed project is currently being re-evaluated. The applicant is exploring mitigation options within an approved wetland mitigation bank. The site is located immediately upstream of Vorhof Drive at the downstream end of a 45 foot wide vertical wall concrete channel that was completed in 2003 as part of the Hallstead Storm Channel Phase III project. Black Jack Creek channel improvements are proposed to continue in a downstream direction and cease approximately 120 linear feet downstream of Hudson Drive. More specifically, the site is located Section 5, Township 46 North, Range 7 East, near Dellwood, St. Louis County, Missouri. The Public Notice comment period opens on March 29, 2019, and closes April 19, 2019.

  • Crooked Creek ILF

    As described in the attached Public Notice, the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation - Stream Stewardship Trust Fund (Sponsor) has requested approval for an in-lieu fee (ILF) mitigation project in Bollinger County, Missouri. The project site encompasses a reach of Crooked Creek, a perennial tributary approximately 39 miles from the confluence of the Headwater Diversion Channel. The Sponsor refers to this project as the Collier (SSTF 1014) Site, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has designated this project as MVS-2018-305. The project proposes to restore, protect, and maintain 5,170 linear feet of perennial stream channel and wooded riparian corridor along Crooked Creek. The restored and preserved corridor will generally extend 125-147 feet perpendicular from the channel banks. This consists of tree plantings and the removal of any invasive species. The stabilization component of the project will restore bank stability to approximately 600 linear feet of channel with actively failing, near-vertical banks. The proposed stabilization consists of the installation of five bendway weirs, longitudinal peaked stone toe protection, and a single rock vane. If approved by the Corps, the Collier (SSTF 1014) site will create a total potential mitigation credit release of 8,770.5 stream credits. The Sponsor would make the stream credits available to Department of the Army permittees seeking to fulfill requirements to purchase compensatory mitigation credit, to offset losses of aquatic functions and services. The Corps solicits your comment on the proposed mitigation project. Responses are due to this office no later than March 21, 2019.

  • Special Public Notice

    On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) published for public comment a proposed rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States,” which would establish the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule is intended to satisfy the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 13778 that directed the EPA and the Army to review and rescind or replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (80 FR 37053) and consider interpreting the scope of “waters of the United States” consistent with the Justice Scalia opinion (plurality standard) from Rapanos v. United States (2006). The EO instructed that any new proposed rule shall ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.