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Published on December 28, 2007

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NOAA Fisheries’ Role in the Permitting Process:  NOAA Fisheries’ Role in the Permitting Process Who We Are:  Who We Are Responsible for protecting habitat important to Federally managed marine fishery species Commenting agency on Corps Clean Water Act Section 404 permits Handle all Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultations in Louisiana Essential Fish Habitat (EFH):  Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Habitat necessary for spawning, breeding, feeding, and/or growth to maturity Designated for Federally managed marine fishery species Essential Fish Habitat (EFH):  Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Shrimp, red drum, reef fish, mackerels, highly migratory species Wetlands, estuaries, SAV, offshore areas EFH Consultation:  EFH Consultation NOAA Fisheries reviews permit application If adverse impacts likely, NOAA Fisheries required to submit EFH Conservation Recommendations or other recommendations to the Corps The Corps must respond in writing to EFH Conservation Recommendations to conclude consultation Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Complete, accurate, and legible application materials Follow the instructions!!! Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Legible maps Complete drawings of project features with accurate dimensions Location of project footprint in relation to wetlands Elevations of existing and created features relative to a datum [NGVD or NAVD88] Photos of the project area, if available Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Permit Review - What we need:  Permit Review - What we need Clear purpose and need for the project Note any mitigative measures that are a part of the project in the permit application Mitigation =:  Mitigation = 1. Avoidance 2. Minimization 3. Compensation 1. Avoidance:  1. Avoidance Is the project needed? Is the project in the overall public interest? Is the project water-dependent? If not...:  If not... The Clean Water Act assumes less damaging alternatives exist If the project is both water dependent AND in the overall public interest...:  If the project is both water dependent AND in the overall public interest... 2. Minimization:  2. Minimization How can the project be reconfigured to allow the applicant to fulfill basic purpose but minimize impacts? How to minimize?:  How to minimize? Directional drilling/backfill pipeline ditch to marsh elevation Limit airboat and tracked equipment passage over wetland areas Repair damage to banklines Replant marsh vegetation on all impacted areas Beneficial use of spoil material Other Recommendations:  Other Recommendations Ground and aerial surveys of project area Should identify total area of the project impacting marsh Should identify any portions of the project area not returned to pre-project conditions Interagency field inspection 30 days after post impact survey (if necessary) Compensation is...:  Compensation is... still required for the remaining impacts, after avoidance and minimization to the maximum extent practicable Types of compensatory mitigation:  Types of compensatory mitigation Marsh creation/terracing Vegetative plantings Banks and/or banking areas In-lieu fees Ratios:  Ratios For marsh creation and/or terracing projects, 1.25 : 1 based primarily on temporal loss of fishery function In-lieu fee donation :  In-lieu fee donation $18,000 per acre of impact THANK YOU! Contact Information::  THANK YOU! Contact Information: Kelly Shotts National Marine Fisheries Service c/o LSU Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (225) 389-0508 Kelly.Shotts@noaa.gov

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