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


Published Aug. 5, 2013

Changes to:





Los Angeles District:

Daniel P. Swenson (213) 452-3414 (

San Francisco District:

Laurie Monarres (415) 503-6774 (

Albuquerque District:

Deanna Cummings (505) 342-3280 (

Sacramento District:

Will Ness (916) 557-5268 (

South Pacific Division

Tom Cavanaugh (415) 503-6574 (






INTRODUCTION: This informational public notice announces updates to a procedure for determining compensatory mitigation requirements as required for processing of Department of the Army (DA) permits under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act.


ANNOUNCING:  Several corrections, enhancements, and clarifications have been made to this Corps Quality Management System (QMS) procedure:


1)    Procedure No. 12501: added clarification to QMS document section 2 (Applicability):


“For NWPs re-verification requests where the mitigation ratio checklist was not completed previously, use of the checklist is required in order to ensure minimal impacts (including consideration of compensatory mitigation), to ensure compliance with the 2008 Mitigation Rule (33 CFR Part 332), and to comply with this new QMS procedure designed to ensure compensatory mitigation is sufficient to offset authorized impacts.  For individual permits (SIP and LOP), if the original application predates this QMS procedure (effective 20 April 2011), the checklist would not be required for subsequent modification requests (time extension or activity modifications), unless the requested modification includes a substantial increase in impacts.  In addition, in cases where compensatory mitigation has already been constructed or where the applicant can otherwise fully demonstrate substantial resources have been expended or committed in reliance on previous guidance governing compensatory mitigation for DA permits, the checklist would not be required.”


2)    Procedure No. 12501: added caveats to QMS document section 7 (Procedures):


“Some states within SPD’s AOR contain over appropriated basins, which make it very difficult to obtain an adequate water right to secure site hydrology.  In some SPD states the authority responsible for managing water rights may impose a 1:1 area-based limit on compensatory mitigation projects.  In these situations the PM is still required to determine a compensation ratio using the mitigation checklist. If adequate water rights are not available to support an establishment or re-establishment ratio greater than a 1:1, the PM will consider options such as non-consumptive enhancement/rehabilitation projects, preservation, buffer establishment/restoration and protection, and restoration of floodplain connectivity, to obtain appropriate and practicable compensatory mitigation.”


3)    Attachments 12501.1 and 12501.6 (checklist): added fields for impact and mitigation site hydrology;


4)     Attachment 12501.2 (instructions): added fields for impact and mitigation site hydrology, added clarification for step 9 (expressing ratios);


5)    Attachment 12501.3 (examples): various corrections;


6)    Attachment 12501.5 (training presentation): updated


7)    Attachment 12501.6 (Excel version of checklist): minor correction to step 9 formulas;


AVAILABILITY: This procedure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Quality Management System (QMS) and may be updated periodically.  The most recent version of these documents is available here: