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Posted 8/15/2011

Release no. 19-11


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Joseph Bonfiglio

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or Dino Buchanan
808-438-9862
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By Honolulu District Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District issued General Permit 2011-001 which will allow the general public, organizations and government agencies to remove blockages in waters around the state of Hawaii upon meeting certain conditions.

This General Permit authorizes the mechanical removal of shoaled sand or other sediments, vegetation and debris which may block the mouths of rivers, streams and storm drains, in order to reduce the potential for flooding, particularly during the rainy season. This General Permit also authorizes the removal of potentially hazardous debris from beach areas around the state.

The Permit provides agencies and facility owners a streamlined method to receive authorization for this type of work more quickly than in the past.

Applicants are required to submit a pre-construction notification to the Honolulu District containing specific information about the proposed work and work areas. They also must submit a statement indicating they have or will abide by all of the conditions required in the General
Permit.

A Public Notice containing General Permit 2011-001 with all of its conditions can be found on the District website:

http://www.poh.usace.army.mil/PA/PublicNotices/SPN20110812_GP2011-001.pdf
http://www.poh.usace.army.mil/PA/pa-NRPNarchive.htm

The mission of the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program is to protect the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions.

Anyone with questions about the Honolulu District may call District Public Affairs at (808) 438- 9564. Questions about the Regulatory Program and General Permit 2011-001 may be directed to the District’s Regulatory Branch at (808) 438-9258.