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

Guidance on Delineations in Drought Conditions

Published Feb. 6, 2014

Drought conditions have developed over the past three years in many parts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division. Regulatory project managers, permit applicants, wetland consultants and others have inquired as to what expectations, guidance, or direction is available for wetland delineations under these conditions.

Both currently applicable Regional Supplements to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual for the Arid West and Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast include sections titled, Difficult Wetland Situations which describe tools used to evaluate temporal shifts in vegetation and periodic lack of hydrology indicators during periods of below-normal rainfall, drought conditions and unusually low winter snowpack. These documents identify specific sampling and analytical approaches for evaluating both vegetation under extended drought conditions and hydrology in drought years, and are found at the following links:

To the extent possible, the hydrophytic vegetation decision should be based on the plant community that is normally present during the wet portion of the growing season in a normal rainfall year. The evaluation of hydrology should consider the timing of the site visit in relation to normal seasonal and annual hydrologic variability, and whether the amount of rainfall prior to the site visit has been normal. In drought conditions, direct observation of plants and hydrology indicators may be misleading or problematic, so other methods of making wetland decisions may be appropriate.

For example, if the vegetation on the drought-affected site is substantially the same as that on a wetland reference site in the same general area having similar soils and known wetland hydrology, then the vegetation may be considered hydrophytic.

Application of the procedures in these sections of the supplements should facilitate better decisions about vegetation and hydrology. In some cases there may be a need to defer field work and/or a wetland determination, but there is no guarantee conditions will be closer to normal the next wet season. In general, wetland determinations on difficult or problematic sites must be based on the best information available to the field inspector, interpreted in light of his or her professional experience and knowledge of the ecology of wetlands in the region. Corps wetland determinations are based on a preponderance of all available information, including in many cases remote sensing and longer term data, not just the field data collected under drought conditions.

Questions or comments may be addressed to:

Michael Finan, Wetland Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Regulatory Division, 1325 J Street, Room 1350, Sacramento, CA 95814-2922, PH: 916-557-5324 (9am-3pm); FAX: 916-557-7803,