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

Announcement of Public Meeting - Updated Mitigation Bank Templates for Enabling Instruments and Conservation Easements

Published Aug. 25, 2016
Expiration date: 9/27/2016

What: Announcement of Public Meeting - Updated Mitigation Bank Templates for Enabling Instruments and Conservation Easements

When: September 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Where: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District Headquarters
            1325 J Street, Room 814
            Sacramento, California 95814

Who: This public meeting is open to interested parties, including mitigation and conservation bankers, consultants, environmental organizations, Federal, state and local agencies, and the regulated public.


Tentative Agenda:

  1. Opening Remarks

  2. Comments from attendees

  3. Closing Remarks

You will need to RSVP to attend this meeting, as security in the building is very strict and room size is limited.   Please submit your name and affiliation (company/agency) to Tom Cavanaugh, by email at: to RSVP or, if you later determine that you will not be attending, to have your name removed from the list.  Admission to the meeting will require that your name be listed on the security check-in sheet for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District Headquarters at 1325 J Street.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, in order to be admitted.  You will be given a visitor’s badge in exchange for your photo ID (Drivers’ License, company identification card, etc.).   Your briefcases, bags, purchases, etc. will be subject to search.  Both you and any items you bring will have to pass through a security scanner.

SUBJECT:  Among the comments received, following the September 2015 Public Notice, were a number of requests for the opportunity to verbally present additional comments on proposed updates to the standard Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) template and the Conservation Easement (CE) template, for use in the development of mitigation banks that are within, or that propose service areas within the State of California.  These updated templates would be used jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) South Pacific Division, including its Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Districts, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW),  the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as potential participants in Interagency Review Teams (IRT).  This notice, as well as the original notice of the proposed updates, may be viewed at:


AUTHORITY: The templates would be used in the development of mitigation banks, which provide mitigation for impacts from projects which have 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 an interagency Memorandum of Understanding to establishing a combined and coordinated approach to mitigation banking which includes 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 consistent approach to mitigation banking proposals.  

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