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USACE Field Staff Comments

State Comments Date Area of Cooperation and Mutual Interest
Seattle District Comment on the "Natural Disaster Recovery" section - suggest that coordination with Corps Regulatory offices also occur before, during, and after disasters.  A Department of the Army (DA) permit is often required for both the emergency work and for the post-event recovery work and including Regulatory in the loop helps to facilitate our declaration of an emergency and processing of permits.  Keeping us in the loop is also very important when it comes to ESA coordination during and after disasters.  Processing of after-the-fact permits can become very slow when the proper coordination with the Services has not occurred. 9/4/2007 Natural Disaster Recovery
Wilmington District Wilmington District also works closely with NRCS after flood events, and both the Corps and NRCS work collaboratively to remove debris. 9/4/2007 Natural Disaster Recovery
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Seattle District Suggest broadening title National Subject Matter Contacts" to include geographic POCs  or directory for each agency. Perhaps change title to: "Subject Matter and Regional Contacts";  Corps field inquires or need for coordination are likely to be project specific rather than topic specific. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
Portland District The list of items is comprehensive.  The list of subject matter experts with points of contact that is being developed is an excellent idea.  Given the extensive list of items it would be useful if the list of subject matter items could be compiled into more general categories.  Example general categories might include: Regulatory/Permitting, Emergency/Natural Disaster Recovery, Water Resources Planning, Training, Analysis Tools, Data Resources, etc. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
South Atlantic Division Both South Atlantic Division and the District Offices agree that this Action Plan is very good overall and is a step in the right direction. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
Galveston District On National Subject Matter Contacts:  This site should also include USACE staff experts. No USACE staff is identified on this website at this time. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
Portland District Establishing clear technical contacts (at a regional or State level) for the different subject areas would help improve opportunities for collaboration.  Communication and establishing a clear understanding of expectations with leadership in both organizations would be helpful as well. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
Portland District Tom Makowski, NRCS Watershed Planning Leader was contacted regarding the Draft Action Plan. He also agrees that there are opportunities for NRCS and the Corps to work together and that developing contacts at the regional/state level is critical for it to work. Tom would be an excellent contact from NRCS for Portland District Corps because he understands their programs and ongoing work they are doing.  He would be able to facilitate connecting Corps staff with the proper NRCS individuals for specific projects or opportunities to collaborate. His phone number is 503-414-3106. In our discussion we identified floodplain restoration work as one area for collaboration.  NRCS has a very strong program working with rural private landowners.  Tom also indicated the NRCS would appreciate the opportunity to work with the Corps on streamlining permitting and regulatory processes. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) This seems like a great opportunity and the Action Plan seems to cover everything the Corps and NRCS should coordinate on.  The only thing possibly to add would be coordination on NEPA/CEQA analysis, documentation and associated public involvement/participation.  9/24/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Both agencies need a better understanding of the others capabilities and programs and encouragement to cross beyond traditional barriers and collaborate.  There are many synergies that could be achieved in doing so.  Agency missions, budget priorities, and the typical stovepipes are impediments to doing so.  The national partnership is a good start but additional partnering and relationship building needs to occur in the field.  Staff needs the opportunity to build relationships and work more together and establish the relationships that will matter to future collaboration.  Through the partnering agreement each agency should examine ways in which this partnering could take place among all levels of staff, not merely management and labs. 9/24/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
South Atlantic Division There is no regional NRCS point of contact or office.  This makes it difficult to coordinate and collaborate on a regional scale.  It would be very beneficial to have a regional point of contact or liaison for each District and Division.  As an example, in the southeast the Federal principals (to include the South Atlantic Division) have formed a partnership called the Southeast Natural Resources Leadership Group (SENRLG) with the purpose of leveraging resources and working collaboratively toward environmental solutions.  The NRCS was represented and participated actively.  However, when their regional office closed and the NRCS was re-organized along states in 2002, it became harder for the NRCS to participate in SENRLG.  A regional NRCS representative would be very valuable in assisting the Corps and other Federal regional partners and partnerships. 9/4/2007 Q1-Add or Delete Action Items
Seattle District Lack of knowledge on NRCS programs.  Identify opportunities to inform/educate about each agency's program general program areas even as an attachment to the action plan.  In reviewing the directory of subject matter experts I was surprised on the breadth of expertise. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Seattle District This would not be a good example of a collaborative project for Question 3.  It was a difficult permit to process and we also having significant issues processing the permit modification.  The problems we are experiencing really support the need for better communication and discussion of the topics listed in the last sentence of the 404 section and for much earlier coordination as I discussed above. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Portland District Portland District has limited experience with collaboration efforts with NRCS.  Generally to date, Corps interaction with NRCS has been associated with occasional data sharing and technical communication about specific activities/projects. This interaction has been fairly "it-or-miss".  9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Mobile District There were no issues and/or concerns mentioned when coordinating with others in the District or with Alabama NRCS in regards to any partnering activities or potential collaborative efforts. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Savannah District Both Leroy Crosby (Mobile/Savannah Planning) and Gary Craig (Savannah Regulatory) have coordinated with Jimmy Bramblett, GA NRCS and have found no issues or concerns regarding their partnering efforts. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Wilmington District Wilmington District (Coleman Long) coordinated with Mike Hinton, NC NRCS Office and they reviewed the draft Action Plan together.  They were both encouraged by the draft Action Plan.  Mr. Hinton is also answering these questions and is coordinating it through the NRCS chain of command.  Mr. Hinton was very happy with the Corps integration of the wetlands permitting process. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Mobile District -Mobile District Regulatory has developed a Draft field level agreement for farm pond exemptions between Mobile District and Alabama NRCS. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Wilmington District Wilmington District Regulatory meets regularly with NRCS regarding permitting issues and the feedback from NC NRCS is that they are very pleased with the integrated permitting process. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Jacksonville District Stuart Santos of the Regulatory Division has coordinated with the Florida NRCS concerning the Draft Action Plan and they found no issues regarding their collaborative efforts.   9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Potential barriers:  a) the two agencies have very different cultures; b) Lack of funds for Corps participation on a consistent long-term basis in interagency collaborative efforts, particularly watershed planning, where the Corps does not have an active project.  The Corps' absence in these efforts is regularly brought to my attention by other agencies and NGOs. 9/24/2007 Q2-Concerns
South Atlantic Division South Atlantic Division recently (August 2007) in conjunction with other federal agencies to include NRCS hosted a Regional Sediment Management Watershed Workshop, which focused on evaluating sediment management within a watershed context.  NRCS served on the planning committee and was also supportive in providing speakers and presentations. 9/4/2007 Q2-Concerns
Walla Walla District The Programmatic Sediment Management Plan or PSMP, will be a long-term plan to guide the Corps and identify feasible sediment management alternatives for maintaining the navigation channel and impacts to recreational and other facilities as well as flow conveyance concerns associated with four dams and reservoirs along the lower Snake River.  The objectives of the plan are to identify ways to reduce the amount of sediment entering the reservoirs, and identify possible changes to structures or operations to reduce dredging and associated environmental impacts.  The geographic study area encompasses 32,000 square miles including all of the watersheds draining into the lower Snake River from Idaho, Oregon and Washington.   9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Walla Walla District The watershed approach to this plan has already engaged a wide array of Federal, state and local agencies and Tribes and it is anticipated the NRCS will continue to play an integral role in the formulation and implementation of the plan.  It is assumed that erosion and sedimentation from various agricultural practices in the region is a major contributor to the problem at-hand.  We have met with various NRCS offices who have already contributed data and recommendations toward analyses we will be undertaking.  We will be looking to the NRCS to help implement the plan and associated recommendations as the Corps does not have jurisdiction outside of its own project boundaries.  It is possible that future pilot projects could be incorporated as a part of implementation. 9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Walla Walla District While we have already begun collaboration with NRCS on this project, formalizing that relationship through the National Action Plan would help promote a long-term working relationship which will be integral to plan success.  Success with this plan will also improve the management of water and related natural resources directly meeting the goal of the Action Plan.  For more information, please see the PSMP website at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/psmp/ 9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Portland District Without further investigation into viability of specific projects I cannot suggest any specific projects at this time.  However, potentially there are several potential opportunities for collaboration. Example areas include: 1. Work on the 2014 negotiation work on the Canada/US treaty on the management of Columbia/Snake River System; 2. Willamette River Floodplain Restoration work; and 3. Emergency response coordination. 9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
South Atlantic Division In 1998 to 2004, NRCS (Georgia State Office) had a representative serve on the ACF and ACT Compact Negotiations Federal Interagency Team.  The Team was organized to advise and assist the two Federal Compact Commissioners as they attempted to negotiate and resolve the ACT and ACF Water Wars between the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. 9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Mobile District Mobile District coordinates routinely with the Alabama NRCS regarding the Tombigbee River Channel Morphology Study.  There are many partners in this effort and NRCS is involved through the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program. 9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Mobile District Tombigbee River Channel Morphology Study: There are many partners in this effort.  NRCS is involved through the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program.  9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Mobile District In 2005, Mobile District formed a state and federal interagency team called the North Georgia Water Resources Agency, to assist them in the plan formulation of several ecosystem restoration and watershed projects in Georgia.  The interagency team includes members from NRCS, USGS, USFWS, EPA and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.   The team worked together to develop a stream restoration planning tool called the Ecosystem Response Model, which is currently being certified by the Ecosystem Restoration Planning Center.   9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) The topics of Real Estate and Related Issues, Impediments, Opportunities, and Collaboration Regarding Use of Authorities and Funding are of specific interest and should be retained on the list of initiatives.  Through our work with military customers we may be able to facilitate cooperative arrangements between NRCS and installations.  There may be opportunities to support each other by providing NEPA/ESA, NHPA and related products and services. Through NRCS we may be able to explore opportunities for cooperation and partnering with local Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) and Resource Conservation and Economic Development Programs (RCE&D). 9/24/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Collaboration with NRCS, and other agencies, pertaining to better evaluation and if possible mitigation of post fire runoff and erosion and the effects upon both economic and ecological damages.  Note that damages from post fire runoff cross agency missions and multiple jurisdictions.  The benefits to the taxpayer and nation's environment in a coordinated evaluation and mitigation of damages would be numerous. 9/24/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Collaboration Regarding Use of Authorities and Funding.  To implement terms of a USFWS biological opinion for routine operation of Isabella Dam and Reservoir, the Corps worked closely with NRCS to leverage authorities NRCS had for conservation easements that the Corps did not have.  The effort was very successful. 9/24/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) The Virgin River Watershed Analysis is one of 5 General Expenses funded studies being conducted by the Corps.  We are currently collaborating with other stakeholders, including NRCS in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.  See the message inserted below from NRCS where potential collaboration related to this study is suggested.  Partnering with RCS on other similar efforts such as completion of  a Rapid Watershed Assessment to follow the GE study is something that could be added to the National Plan.  Other such opportunities may exist within the other 4 GE watershed studies as well 9/24/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Mobile District   9/4/2007 Q-3 Collaboration
Seattle District Comment on 'Rehabilitation of Aging Dam/Levee Infrastructure"  Very broad category, identifying some specific actions would be helpful.  Regulatory offices should be involved in the discussion early for the reasons discuss in the paragraphs above. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Galveston District On Holistic Watershed Approach and Water Resources Activities:  We encourage these initiatives.  Participation in watershed level studies by traditional Corps sponsors has been limited 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Galveston District On Watershed Technology Exchange:  The development and application of ecological models for watershed studies should also be included. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Galveston District On Addressing Non-Monetary Benefits for Watershed Projects:  There already is a HQ initiative underway to address this issue, which is very complex, has been studied and debated a long time, and is far from being resolved.  We suggest you work with Rennie Sherman, CECW-PB, rather than begin a new initiative. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Galveston District On Agricultural Water Quality Modeling Collaboration: Make sure your budget and schedule include model certification or approval, as appropriate. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
South Atlantic Division Funding is also a fundamental issue.  The Districts have limited resources (money and time) to properly coordinate with NRCS and other Federal agencies.  The overhead funding is very limited, and most often Districts are unable to send people to conferences or to network with stakeholders and partners such as the NRCS.  For this action plan to be successful, Districts must receive some sort of funding to support these efforts.   9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
South Atlantic Division We should note that there is a Headquarters budgeted item under Miscellaneous  GI that was originally to coordinate with the old SCS (CAT CLASS 181).  The name has been since changed to Cooperation With Other Water Agencies, and it is only funded at minimal levels. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Wilmington District NRCS participates on Wilmington District  John H. Kerr 216 Study Interagency Team.  The District is evaluating the operation of the John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir and will develop a report on the advisability of modifying the structures or the structure's operation and for improving the quality of the environment in the overall public interest. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Savannah District The largest and ongoing interaction with NRCS is the cooperating agency agreement that NRCS and USACE established for the Russell Creek Water Supply Reservoir for Dawson County, Georgia.  In this role NRCS and USACE both are following the NEPA process while simultaneously following each respective agency's other processes (Section 404 CWA, cultural resources review, etc.).  It is this role that is fascinating, fun, and above all productive.  Within this cooperative approach and the pre-application process, big issues are dealt with (T and E, jurisdictional determination, alternative review, mitigation,....). 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Savannah District Ultimately the Section 404 permitting process will go much quicker (and smoother) once a USACE required Public Notice is issued.  In many conversations with the other federal agencies participating in this process they have told me of the delight they have in working on this project because of the technical reliability of NRCS and because of the absence of political frictions that often occur when local entities bring their political agents to the table. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Watershed Technology Exchange.  Technology sharing to include GIS layers and approaches to gather and recording certain types of information.  Also consider including soils management and erosion control. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
South Pacific Division, USACE (includes San Francisco District, Sacramento District, Los Angeles District, Phoenix Field Office, Albuquerque District) Perhaps some consideration should be given to Fed-Fed partnering of the sort discussed in the attached (i.e., where the Corps can partner with a Federal land owner, similar to how we do it now with the non-Fed ones, to do restoration projects).   9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Addressing Non-Monetary Benefits for Watershed Projects Any effort that creates a rational process for converting practices into comparable credits with common definitions will resolve many problems.  Great! 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Watershed Training The Corps PROSPECT Course Regulatory IV should be looked at as an example of this kind of training collaboration. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Watershed Technology Exchange Good.  Efforts should be made to allow automatic/digital information exchange between NRCS systems and the Corps OMBIL Regulatory Program Module database.  GIS layers of NRCS completed WRP and conservation practices sites will help the Corps avoid permit decisions that go contrary to those NRCS completed activities.  Likewise, if NRCS has a GIS layer of Corps Regulatory Mitigation Sites, it would help ensure protection of those sites.   9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Integrated 404 Permitting Process We engage this issue every day at the District and NRCS State Office level.  Our greatest success, although it was very painful for the first 3-4 years, was the 1994 Ag MOA.  That agreement drove the creation of local operating procedures.  When Congress changed the FSA to the point that the  1994 MOA no longer worked, we took a number of steps backward.  We continue to explore Regional General Permits with NRCS to make this work. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Stream Restoration/Mitigation Design Good, this will end or avoid some current duplication of effort.  Efficient use of public resources.  In KS, we have been collaborating with NRCS, ERDC, and a NGO on some stream issues and to seek a common understanding of the factors causing channel instability. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Western States Watershed Study There is an existing conflict between the need for water for mitigation actions and other uses.  It would be good to include this issue in the study. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Kansas City District, USACE Collaboration Regarding Use of Authorities and Funding. We need to include measures so that shared mitigation efforts don't get double counted in the national roll-up reports. 9/24/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Savannah District Over the years, Savannah District has maintained a relationship with the NRCS, as they have many programs of a smaller scale than the Corps programs.  Thus, the Savannah District has been able to help many of their potential clients find a solution to their smaller water resource problems by referring them to the NRCS. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Charleston District Charleston District coordinates with NRCS during the planning of civil work projects. 9/4/2007 Watershed Planning and Implementation
Seattle District Comments on the "Integrated 404 permitting Process" section - It is especially important to have discussions early in the planning process so the Corps can give advice on the permitting ramifications.  Also, the permit application needs to be provided in sufficient time to make it through the permit review process without making it a fire drill response.  Too many times the DA permit applications are an after thought and the Corps is portrayed as a hindrance to restoration activities.  Even projects that are to be of benefit to the environment must comply with the various environmental laws and receive permits.  This early coordination is especially important to ensure compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and to fulfill Tribal trust responsibilities.  Designation of a Federal lead and close cooperation is necessary to complete these consultations which must be finished for a DA permit to be issued. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Seattle District Would suggest combining the sections on "NRCS Wetlands Delineation Training Course" and "Corps Wetland Delineation Manual as they cover the same subject - wetland delineation. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
South Atlantic Division The wording of the second paragraph on page 1, "Wetland Creation, Restoration and Enhancement" should be changed to delete "Creation and Enhancement"  It is not within the Corps Civil Works Planning policy to enhance or create wetlands.  The Corps is authorized to restore wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, but we can not enhance or create.  Also, Regulatory projects are most often restored wetlands as well so I would limit the discussion to just restoration of wetlands.    9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Mobile District On page 6, Corps Wetland Delineation Manual.  Mobile District made a comment that there was a recent correction to the Corps Wetland Delineation Manual - The Atlantic and Gulf Coast supplement goes off notice on 28 Aug 2007.  Comments will be reviewed and a final decision is pending for Mobile District. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District On Wetlands Compliance and Regulatory:  We recommend adoption of consistent HGM functional assessments for wetland delineations by both agencies.  In accordance with subsequent Corps guidance, the National Action Plan (NAP; Fed Reg 1997) provided the strategy for the Corps and Federal agencies to follow to implement the HGM approach for assessing wetland functions. HGM was designed to satisfy the need for better information on wetland functions within the programmatic requirements of the Clean Water Act Section 404 Regulatory Program where time and resources are limited.  This methodology increases the accuracy of wetland function assessments, allows for replication, and reduces the amount of time required to conduct a wetland function assessment.  9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District SWG has initiated and participated in the development of additional HGM regional guidebooks.  For smaller projects, or where a regional HGM guidebook has not been developed, SWG has recently begun utilizing HGM "Interim" models for wetland functional assessment.  These are a product of continued coordination with NRCS to develop Streamlined HGM models that won't "Over-burden" the Regulatory Program.  NRCS developed an initial set of HGM "Interim" models through interagency workshops in response to the 1997 NAP. These interim models were produced and calibrated for the geo-region by regional experts for use in administering NRCS programs, and we support this effort. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District On Integrated 404 Permitting Process:  Both agencies should work to streamline their processes in order to facilitate the Corps' abandonment determination calls for prior converted croplands. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District On NRCS Wetlands Delineation Training Course:  We are unaware of such courses or invitation to participate. Please note that NRCS courses must include the ongoing 10 eco-regional supplements to the 1987 Wetland Delineation Manual in order to be compliant with Corps requirements. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District On Corps Wetland Delineation Manual:  We have been participating in the regional manual development. Coordination has been successful. Testing for the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Supplement will commence 15 AUG 07 and public comment period will end on 23 AUG 07.  The action plan should be revised consistent with the new regional boundaries. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Seattle District *We have not partnered with NRCS on projects in Regulatory, but, we have recently issued a permit and are working on a permit modification for a restoration project at Potter Slough on Willapa Bay.   9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE NRCS field staff have identified consistency issues between Corps Regulatory Offices.  Primarily, the inconsistencies include response time for requests to the Corps for identification of non-wetland Section 404 Waters, permit determinations (NWP, Standard Permit, and exemptions) and permit requirements.  NRCS is aware that the new 5 June 2007 post-Rapanos Jurisdictional Determination (JD) process is causing significant delays in the Corps' response time.  These delays cause planning and funding concerns for NRCS and the general public.  The development of an Exemption Determination Form could eliminate unnecessary delays for activities that are determined to be exempt from regulation, regardless of the jurisdictional outcome.   9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE The development of a Regional General Permit for NRCS practices that benefit the environment and require DA authorization, may streamline the permitting process, standardize mitigation and special conditions, and minimize unnecessary delays and backlogs.  (NOTE:  Under the JD Guidance Regulatory Guidance Letter 07-01, HQ Corps can issue waivers to allow the use of preliminary JDs for some categories of General Permits.  Exercising this option would provide the greatest restoration of customer service to NRCS and USDA Program Participants.) 9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE NRCS KS and Kansas City District, USACE are partnering to develop a Regional General Permit (RGP) for NRCS designed and approved agriculture conservation practices.  The purpose is to create a streamlined permitting process for activities that provide environmental benefits and meet the needs of producers.  The statewide application of such practices under the umbrella of the RGP, and its special conditions, will enhance and protect vital land and aquatic resources as well as provide appropriate mitigation measures where they are required.  This is consistent with the missions of both organizations. 9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE NRCS KS and Kansas City District, USACE have established successful protocol for dealing with Swampbuster and unauthorized 404 activities.  Both agencies have collaboratively established appropriate mitigation/restoration measures that fulfill the requirements of the respective programs.   9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE For Missouri, NRCS MO and Kansas City District (as the Lead District for Missouri, and with the other Missouri Corps Districts) developed and implemented a RGP for NRCS funded PL 566 Watershed Structures.   9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE NRCS wetlands Delineation Training Course We have collaborated locally in the past on joint delivery of the local version of the Corps Prospect Course Regulatory IV in both MO and KS.  NWK in recent years has not had the resources to continue to provide trainers and materials to this effort.  We have had limited opportunity to participate in NRCS organized training.  This needs to be worked with the teams working on the 1987 Manual regional update efforts. 9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE Data Sharing Activities HQ USACE, HQ EPA and HQ FWS are currently collaborating on the development and populating of a shared national geospatial database for wetlands.  NRCS and USGS have been identified as potential participants in this effort.  The USACE automated information system to populate this system is currently being deployed to all Army Corps Districts, and the EPA is in the initial stages of their system development.  FWS currently has an existing data system capable of linking to the USACE data base.  Discussions are being planned to explore integrating NRCS as a participating partner in this interagency effort.  Efforts are also underway on the utilization of the USACE web enabled geospatial system to provide standards-based data transfers (Data on Demand) and web services that would allow wetlands, restoration, watershed and other types of data to be made electronically available to both the USACE, NRCS, other federal, state and local agencies, and the public.   9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE After the 2005 withdrawal of the 1994 Ag MOA (http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/regulatory/USDA%20Withdrawal%20Ltr.pdf ), NWK engaged with both NRCS KS and MO to look at implementing local operating agreements.  We made it as far as drafts in both states, but other events overtook that effort.  Although we communicate well and frequently with NRCS MO, we need to renew that effort.  In KS, we have developed and have maintained an informal operating procedure for a good collaborative working relationship for Swampbuster Compliance issues that are also potential Section 404 Clean Water Act Violations.  These include joint field visits, wetland determinations and restoration/mitigation plan development.  Generally NRCS takes the lead with USDA participants with NWK in a collaborative role, as the fear of loss of USDA subsidies is a bigger motivator than potential Corps legal action. 9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Kansas City District, USACE Corps Wetland Delineation Manual NWK is leading the testing of the Great Plains Supplement in KS.  NRCS is providing soil scientists, biologists, and a hydrologist.  This technical expertise contribution by KS NRCS is critical to the success of this mission. 9/24/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Jacksonville District Jacksonville District (Regulatory) has partnered with NRCS and they have signed a Local Operating Agreement with NRCS concerning the coordination of wetland delineations between the two agencies 9/4/2007 Wetlands Conservation and Compliance
Galveston District On Wetland Creation, Restoration, and Enhancement:  We are interested in cross-agency wetland restoration training courses. 9/4/2007 Wetlands Creation, Restoration, and Enhancement
Kansas City District, USACE We have experienced some problems with NRCS limits on data sharing due to FSA Privacy Provisions.  The March 2007 reissuance of Nationwide Permit 27 seems to have resolved other issues with the RCS Wetland Reserve Program coordination. 9/24/2007 Wetlands Creation, Restoration, and Enhancement

 

 

 

 

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