DSL proposal to change Rules for Vernal Pools

The Department of State Lands is proposing the following changes to its Division 93 General Permits rules. Please see below for additional information.

CAPTION: General Permit for Imapcts to Vernal Pool Wetlands, Revisions to the Rules for General Permits

SUMMARY: In November 2009, after six years of extensive public involvement and interagency coordination, DSL approved a General Permit for Removal-Fill and Mitigation of Impacts to Vernal Pool Wetlands

in Jackson County (Vernal Pool GP).  The Vernal Pool GP was developed in coordination with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address endangered species associated with vernal pools.

Through this rulemaking we will finalize the Vernal Pool GP to create a new permit instrument that is predictable, timely, and consistent with the regional planning effort for vernal pools.

The revisions to the existing Division 093 rules are necessary to accommodate the new Vernal Pool GP.

The Vernal Pool GP provides an expedited process (55 days) for permitting impacts to vernal pool wetlands located in Jackson County.  The rules describe the standards for mitigation for those impacts,

which are consistent with the standards required to address the Endangered Species Act (administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and the Clean Water Act (administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

The Department requests public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule’s substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business.

WEB SITE: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact, and the Proposed Rules are available at: http://www.oregon.gov/DSL/rules_activity.shtml

HOW TO COMMENT: You may comment on the proposed rules by sending written comments by Friday, September 16, 2011, 5 PM, to:

Ms. Elizabeth Bolden
Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of State Lands
775 Summer ST NE, STE 100
Salem, OR 97301-1279
Or via e-mail to: elizabeth.bolden@dsl.state.or.us

RULEMAKING HEARING: You are invited to attend the rulemaking hearing, which will take place:

DATE: Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011
TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE:Jefferson Conference Room, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 155 N. 1st Street, Central Point, Oregon

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