News: New tool guides applicants through permitting process
Story by Michelle Helms
PORTLAND, ORE. - A new online resource is expected to ease some of the confusion when applying for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit. The regulatory interactive training guide explains the whys and hows of the Corps' permitting process, covering everything from project planning and types of permits, to the laws and regulations that guide Corps permitting decisions.
"We know the permitting process can be overwhelming," said Jaimee Davis, regulatory project manager for the Portland District. "We designed this online tool as a guide, to help people through the process more efficiently so they can get started on their project."
A Corps permit is required for any project that involves placing dredge or fill materials in waters of the United States, including wetlands, and for any work in, over, or under navigable waters. These projects can range from building bridges to installing a culvert to repairing a fishing dock.
The new training guide explains what information the Corps needs to evaluate permit applications. It also features videos on specific topics, such as cultural resources and protected and endangered species. All these elements are intended to support applicants' efforts to submit a complete application package. For the Corps, improved applications mean the review process is more effective and efficient.
The training guide can be accessed at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil; click on "Permitting 101 training guide and video."