US Army Corps of Engineers
South Pacific Division

Public Notices and References


QMS Processes

These are internal process documents which will affect how permit applicants and their representatives will work with SPD subordinate districts.  These  documents are for “Information Only.”  The controlled versions reside on the SPD QMS SharePoint Portal. Please verify that the version of any document  is the current one prior to proceeding.

12501-SPD Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Mitigation Ratios

12502-SPD Regulatory Program Emergency Procedures 

12503-SPD Regulatory Administrative Appeal Process

12504-SPD Essential Fish Habitat Procedures

12505-SPD Uniform Performance Standards for Compensatory Mitigation Requirements

12509-SPD Regulatory Program SOP for Preparing and Coordinating EISs

12510-SPD Wetlands Determination and Delineation Procedures for Irrigated Lands



Regional Guidelines and Standards

The following documents have been developed for use within all of South Pacific Division's (SPD) subordinate districts.  They were developed to assure consistency within the Regulatory program across SPD and to aid the Regulated public in developing acceptable submittals.

Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines

Regional Mapping Standards


Mitigation Banking Templates

March 2, 2017 Template Public Meeting Presentation



Public Notices


Under the Corps' Regulatory Program, a public notice is the primary method for advising all interested parties of a proposed activity for which a permit is sought.  Public notices are also published to inform the public about new or proposed regulations, policies, guidance or permit procedures.

Public Notices published by the South Pacific Division (SPD) under the Regulatory Program are posted on this page. SPD public notices are primarily published to inform the public about new or proposed guidance, templates, procedures, and regional general permits, which are applicable to more than one of SPD's subordinate districts.  Once a public notice is available on-line, notification of the SPD Public Notice is sent to individuals on the mailing lists of the appropriate districts by each of the affected districts .

Public Notices

Public Meetings to discuss Mitigation Banking Templates

Published Sept. 9, 2019
Expiration date: 11/20/2019

What: Announcement of Two Public Meetings to discuss Mitigation Banking Templates and third party mitigation in the state of California.  These meetings will be largely the same.  It is not necessary to attend both.  The second meeting is being scheduled to allow more participation from those in Southern California.  You do not need to RSVP to attend either of these meetings.


First Meeting:

When: October 8, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Where: Stanford room

650 Capitol Mall

Sacramento, California 95814


Security:  All public visitors to the John E. Moss Federal Building, 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor.  Valid identification is required and anything that could be perceived as a weapon will not be allowed to pass.



Second Meeting:

When:  November 19, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: USFWS Conference Room

2177 Salk Avenue

Carlsbad, California 92008


Security:  All visitors are required to check in with the front desk before entering the conference room.



Who: These public meetings are open to interested parties, including mitigation and conservation bankers, consultants, environmental organizations, Federal, state and local agencies, and the regulated public.


 Tentative Agenda:

  1. Welcome & Introductions (15 minutes)
  2. Overview of recent and proposed changes to regulation and policy (25 minutes)
    1. California update (15 minutes)
    2. Federal update (5 minutes)
  3. Discussion of planned templates and template revisions (30 minutes)
  4. Experience Using 2017 Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) and Conservation Easement (CE) Templates (40 minutes)
  5. 2017 Meeting Parking Lot Issues (30 minutes)
    1. Credit Releases in RIBITS
    2. Service Area Calculation
    3. Instrument modifications; major vs. minor
    4. PRM (turn-key) integration with banks
    5. Credit sales vs. permit requirements (decimal differences)
  6. Stakeholder Discussion (30 minutes)
  7. Recap & Adjourn (10 minutes)



SUBJECT:  In 2017, a number of changes were made to the Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) template and Conservation Easement (CE) template, for use in the development of mitigation and conservation banks that are within, or that propose service areas within the State of California.  The Project Delivery Team (PDT) established by the 2011 interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning Mitigation and Conservation Banking and In-Lieu Fee Programs in California developed those final templates, following the consideration of comments received in response to public notice and public meetings, and following input from the Bank Agency Management Team (BAMT), established by the MOU.  This meeting is an opportunity for attendees to discuss, among other things, experience with using the 2017 templates.  

AUTHORITY: The templates are used in the development of mitigation banks, which provide mitigation for impacts from projects which have received authorizations to proceed under the authorities of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 for structures or work in or affecting navigable waters of the United States and/or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the discharge of dredged or fill material in waters of the United States.  Additionally, these templates are to be used when those mitigation banks would also propose to provide mitigation for projects which have been required to provide mitigation by USFWS, CDFW, NMFS, the State Water Board, and/or NRCS. These agencies have committed through the above mentioned MOU to establishing a combined and coordinated approach to mitigation and conservation banking which includes the development of template documents for use throughout the State of California. These templates reflect existing regulations, policies, and guidance and represent the way in which USACE, USFWS, NMFS, NRCS, EPA, the CNRA, the State Water Board, and CDFW intend to implement and provide a consistent approach to mitigation and conservation banking proposals.  

If you have questions or need additional information please contact Tom Cavanaugh, 415-503-6574,