SEATTLE - The Natural Resources Conservation Service and project partners have proposed revisions to a previously permitted ecological restoration project at Potter Slough adjacent to the Willapa River near South Bend.

The proposed revision consists of breaching the existing levee in four locations, removing a minimum of 1,240 linear feet of levee and excavating an estimated 47,465 cubic yards of levee, mudflat channel and tidal channel material. The original permit activity included removing up to 10,000 linear feet of levee and excavating up to 101,302 cubic yards of levee, mudflat channel and tidal channel material.

The NRCS proposal is under review with co-applicant Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Corps of Engineers is considering the proposed permit modification in light of regulations and comments received. The Corps will not make a final permit decision until comments have been reviewed and evaluated.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has posted the proposed modification, and it is available for review online at: (www.nws.usace.army.mil/PublicMenu/documents/REG/WILLAPA.pdf). Comments may be submitted via e-mail to: (ronald.j.wilcox@usace.army.mil)

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