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Success Stories - Regulatory

  1. Georgia NRCS and USACE Savannah District
    The largest and ongoing interaction with Georgia 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� 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 (e.g., endangered species, jurisdictional determination, alternative analysis, mitigation).  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 (Leroy Crosby of Savannah District) 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. 
     
  2. Kansas NRCS and the USACE Kansas City District
    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 activity advances the missions of both organizations.
     
  3. Kansas NRCS and the USACE Kansas City District
    On the Corps Wetland Delineation Manual, Kansas City District is leading the testing of the Great Plains Supplement in Kansas.  NRCS is providing soil scientists, biologists, and a hydrologist.  This technical expertise contribution by KS NRCS is critical to the success of the manual.
     
  4. Missouri NRCS and USACE Kansas City District
    (as the Lead District for Missouri, and with the other Corps Districts that work in Missouri) Developed and implemented a RGP for NRCS funded PL 566 Watershed Structures.
     
  5. North Carolina NRCS and the USACE Wilmington District
    In the Emergency Watershed Program  (EWP) permitting area, NRCS has developed debris removal guidelines when, if followed, Section 404 permits are not required.  For stream bank stabilization projects or other work where permits are required, NRCS staff state that the Corps has responded in a timely manner to applications from project sponsors.
     
  6. South Carolina NRCS, the USACE Charleston District and State NRCS offices
    Are located in the same building, thus making communication and exchange of information very convenient.  The NRCS State Soil Scientist and field soil scientists work very closely with USACE on wetland determinations in South Carolina.
     
  7. Florida, NRCS and the USACE Jacksonville District
    Have a Local Operating Agreement concerning the coordination of wetland delineation and compliance activities.  Field staff agrees that this has been a useful agreement.
     
  8. Alabama NRCS and the  USACE Mobile District
    Developed a Field Level Agreement concerning Wetland Determinations and Determinations of Regulated and Unregulated Activities in Alabama.  Georgia already has a similar agreement.  Alabama NRCS is pursuing this because they feel that the current drought may stimulate plans to construct irrigation storage reservoirs in the future.  With this agreement in place, the permitting process will be easier.
     
  9. Alabama NRCS and the USACE Mobile District
    In the USACE Regulatory developed a draft Field Level Agreement with Alabama NRCS, for farm pond exemptions.

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