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This public notice announces the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers re-issuance of Regional ‎General Permit 27

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This public notice announces the Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers re-issuance of Regional ‎General Permit 27, which will be used to authorize certain work in navigable waters of the U.S. in Lake ‎Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River within the State of Idaho.‎

PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE: To announce the re-issuance of a regional general permit, RGP-27, ‎in the State of Idaho.‎

The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has evaluated the scope of the described action ‎and has decided to re-issue Regional General Permit 27 (RGP-27) to authorize certain work in navigable waters ‎of the United States in Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River within the State of Idaho. The Regional ‎Permit is attached to this notice and is also available on our website at ‎http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/html/offices/op/rf/spn.asp. ‎

ACTIVITIES: The following non-commercial activities would be authorized under the RGP-27 provided they ‎meet the required terms and conditions: ‎

•Piers and floating docks •Marine launching rails •Mooring piles •Portable boat-lift stations •Small diameter waterline in-takes

Separate approval for these activities may be required from the State of Idaho Department of Lands and/or the ‎State of Idaho Department of Water Resources.‎

LOCATION OF WATERS COVERED BY RGP-27: Areas of Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River and ‎their tributaries that are inundated by the summer pool elevation of 2062.5 feet, NGV Datum, in Bonner and ‎Kootenai counties, Idaho. This area includes all navigable waters of the United States located upstream of the ‎Albeni Falls Dam. Certain geographic areas within these waters are excluded from RGP-27 and are described in ‎the body of the permit along with a map depicting their location. ‎

REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) requires ‎a Department of the Army permit for work or structures waterward of the ordinary high water mark in ‎Navigable Waters of the United States or that would affect the course, condition, or capacity of the navigable ‎waters. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 CFR 1344) requires a Department of the Army permit for the ‎discharge of dredged or fill material into Waters of the United States. ‎

BACKGROUND: The purpose of RGP-27 is to streamline the review of permit applications for a range of ‎non-commercial activities in navigable waters of the United States in Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille ‎River within the State of Idaho. Regional permits are Department of the Army permits issued on a regional basis ‎for categories of activities that: ‎

‎1.‎Are substantially similar in nature and cause only minimal individual and cumulative ‎environmental impacts;‎ ‎2.‎Would avoid unnecessary duplication of regulatory control exercised by another Federal, ‎state, or local agency.‎

The Walla Walla District (District) first issued RGP 27 in 1986 and it has been re-issued every 5 years since ‎then. Water withdrawal systems were dropped from the authorized activities in the 2002 reissuance of RGP 27. ‎In August 2007, the District reissued RGP 27 with minor revisions for an interim period of 1 year, through ‎August 30, 2008. The District then reissued RGP 27 for another 5 years effective from March 22, 2010 to ‎March 21, 2015. The current reauthorization includes the addition of mooring buoys and small diameter water ‎intake lines to the list of activities covered. ‎

For further information about the Department of the Army permit program, Walla Walla District, please visit our ‎website at: http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/RegulatoryDivision.aspx or call (509) 527-7150.‎

FOR THE DISTRICT ENGINEER:‎

‎_____________________________‎ Kelly J. Urbanek Chief, Regulatory Division

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