CORPS PERMIT APPLICATION
The proposed Memorial Park Demonstration Project requires an "Individual Permit" from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps).
The Flood Control District went through the process to obtain that permit. Below are steps taken from the start to present day:
July 31, 2013 – HCFCD submits a Nationwide Permit #27 (NWP#27) application to USACE for the Memorial Park Demonstration Project (MPDP) based on previous discussions with USACE.
October 10, 2013 – USACE denies NWP#27 and instructs HCFCD to submit an Individual Permit (IP) application to USACE.
April 8, 2014 – HCFCD submits an application to USACE requesting the issuance of an IP for MPDP.
April 29, 2014 – USACE places MPDP on public notice for the first time, with the public comment period to close on May 31, 2014.
June 1, 2014 – USACE extends the first public notice for an additional 30 days, with the public comment period to close on June 30, 2014.
August 6, 2014 – USACE provides comments to HCFCD from the first public notice, with responses to the comments due back to USACE by October 6, 2014.
October 3, 2014 – HCFCD requests a 7-day extension from USACE for responses to comments, which USACE grants.
October 8, 2014 – HCFCD provides responses to comments and the proposed project monitoring plan to USACE for review.
February 4, 2015 – After holding several meetings with HCFCD to discuss MPDP, USACE requests that HCFCD provide clarifications and updates to MPDP for a second 30-day public notice period.
March 5, 2015 – HCFCD provides updates and clarifications as requested by USACE.
May 5, 2015 – USACE places MPDP on public notice for the second time, with the public comment period to close on June 5, 2015.
June 23, 2015 – USACE provides comments from the second public notice to HCFCD with responses to the comments due back to USACE by July 23, 2015.
July 23, 2015 – HCFCD provides responses to comments, and the project's Baseline Biological Assessment to USACE for review.
October 22, 2015 – HCFCD meets with representatives from USACE and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to review the comments and responses, and to discuss the project in general.
April 24, 2017 – HCFCD receives an individual permit from USACE.