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SWL 1982-09045-GK

Published Jan. 8, 2016
Expiration date: 2/2/2016

for the placement of dredged and fill material in waters of the United States associated with the construction of boat launching ramps on waters of the United States within the Little Rock District in the States of Arkansas and Missouri.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:  Comments are invited on the reissuance of the regional general permit described below.  Please see the Public Involvement section for details on submitting comments.

Point of Contact.  If additional information is desired, please contact the project manager, >"> Lisa Boyle, telephone number:  (501) 324-5295, mailing address:  Little Rock District Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, PO Box 867, Little Rock, Arkansas  72203-0867, email address:

Background.  Historically, within the Little Rock District, there have been two general permits used to authorize boat ramps.  Regional General Permit 09045-GK authorized boat ramps in most waters of the United States within the Little Rock District in Arkansas and Missouri. Regional General Permit 09090-GD authorized boat ramps on Corps of Engineers lakes within the Little Rock District in Arkansas and Missouri.  In an attempt to streamline the permit process and to more efficiently process permit requests, the Little Rock District Corps of Engineers combined Regional General Permits 09045-GK and 09090-GD on February 7, 2006.  The Little Rock District Corps of Engineers issued a joint public notice with the States of Arkansas and Missouri announcing the proposal to combine the two regional general permits into 09045-GK. The purpose of Regional General Permit 09045-GK is to provide authorization for the minimal impacts of the construction of boat launching ramps on all waters of the United States within the Little Rock District in Arkansas and Missouri.

This regional general permit has been reissued multiple times since 1976.  The authority for permit issuance is found in Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S. Code 403) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S. Code 1344).  Corps districts are authorized to develop regional general permits in accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 325.2(e)(2) and 325.5(c)(1).

Proposed Reissuance.  This regional general permit has proven to be successful in authorizing a minor, noncontroversial category of work that has had no significant individual nor cumulative adverse environmental impacts, and we propose to reissue the regional general permit an additional five (5) years.  Twenty-three projects have been approved under this regional general permit since December 20, 2010.

Copies of the regional general permit and procedures for verifying authorization are enclosed.  The documents attached are as presently administered with minor revisions to update the documents.

Notification/Verification Requirement.  The Little Rock District Regulatory Division must be notified and provide verification that the proposed work meets the terms and conditions of the regional general permit.  The notification/verification details are outlined in the Procedures for Verifying Authorization attached to the regional general permit.

Water Quality Certification.  By copy of this public notice, water quality certification is being requested from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Missouri Department of Natural Resources in accordance with Section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act.  Upon completion of the comment period, a determination relative to water quality certification will be made.

Public Involvement.  Any interested party is invited to submit to the above-listed POC written comments, objections or suggestions related to this proposed reissuance on or before February 2, 2016.  Comments, both favorable and unfavorable, will be accepted and made a part of this record and will receive full consideration in determining whether it would be in the public interest to reissue the regional general permit.

Any person may request, in writing, prior to the expiration date of this public notice, that a public hearing be held to consider the proposed regional general permit.  Such requests shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing.  The District Engineer will determine if the issues raised are substantial and whether a hearing is needed for making a decision.

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