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Notice of Intent to Adopt a Final Environmental Impact Statement prepared for the SKOKOMISH RIVER BASIN ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mason County, WA

Posted: October 29, 2020.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces its intent to adopt a Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (FR/EIS) dated April 2015, prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the SKOKOMISH RIVER BASIN ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION project under the provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR section 1506.3). NRCS has reviewed the FR/ EIS and determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts related to the proposed action to implement the National Environmental Restoration plan alternative that includes a levee removal, a side channel reconnection, wetland restoration at two sites, and placement of large woody debris. USACE prepared the FR/EIS to evaluate significant ecosystem degradation in the Skokomish River Basin; formulate, evaluate, and screen potential solutions to problems; and recommend an alternative with a Federal interest supported by a local entity willing to provide the necessary items of local cooperation. Implementation of the project is expected to result in improved in-stream, wetland, and riparian habitats that will benefit salmon, birds, and mammals; improved water quality in Hood Canal, benefitting shellfish; restoration of channel characteristics resembling nearby less-disturbed watersheds; improved recreational opportunities and fishing; and support local businesses.

NRCS’ holds land rights in the project area under its floodplain easement program (FPE), which purchases permanent easements from willing landowners to restore, protect, maintain and enhance the functions of floodplains while conserving their natural values such as serving as fish and wildlife habitat, improving water quality, retaining flood water, and recharging groundwater. The NRCS decision to be made is whether to develop a new Operations and Management plan for the FPE that will allow the USACE action to proceed. NRCS’ action would not add any environmental impacts to those described in the FR/EIS and would further the purpose of the FPE restoration plan to restore the floodplain functions and values to the natural conditions to the greatest extent practicable. NRCS will accept comments on its intent to adopt the FR/EIS at the address below for 30 days following publication of this notice. The FR/EIS may be viewed at:

For further information concerning adoption of the FR/EIS, to obtain hard copies of the EIS, or to provide written comment, contact NRCS’ Environmental Compliance Specialist by email at or by telephone at 208-685-6989.

Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement | April 2015

Related Appendices
Appendix A | Biological Sampling in The Skokomish River Basin
Appendix B | Public Scoping Comments
Appendix C | Wetlands Inventory
Appendix D | Cultural Resources
Appendix E | Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan
Appendix F | Ecosystem Outputs Model
Appendix G | Economics
Appendix H | Engineering
Appendix I | Hazardous, Toxic, And Radioactive Waste Assessment
Appendix K | Cost Estimate
Appendix L | Compliance Documents
Appendix M | Public Comments and Responses

Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Washington NRCS Boundaries and Organizational Chart

May 3, 2018 - After several months and a lot of input from staff through State Leadership Team (SLT), Quality Leadership Team (QLT) meetings and roundtable sessions, we are considering implementing a plan to make minor changes to our team boundaries and revising our organizational chart to address the agency imposed staffing cap.  Even though we are considering some changes, no one will be losing their job. Currently staffed positions that are not on the proposed organizational chart will not be eliminated, they simply will not be filled when the incumbent leaves.

Each and every employee in the state is valued and it may be difficult to understand why positions are not being carried over to the proposed organizational chart. Our greatest challenge is to be confident that we are able to meet all of the demands, the best that we can, with a major reduction in staff from our existing staffing plan. By making minor adjustments to our team boundaries and building a staffing plan from the ground up based on staff limitations we believe we will be more effective at delivering of our services to our customers.

Below you will find documents that contain information on the potential state structure.

NRCS would like to hear employee and partner thoughts on these proposed changes.  Have we kept the right positions in the right locations to service customers?  What are your concerns with this option?  Do you feel this is the best option for our state? 

Please provide input to Nick Vira, Partnership Liaison, at

All feedback needs to be submitted by close of business on May 23, 2018.

Pearson Eddy Public Meeting

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is proposing to complete planned wetland restoration actions on lands under permanent conservation easements, enrolled under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). The planned actions will restore some of the historic natural wetland functions and values of the site and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Planned actions will involve:

  • Replacement of a failing water control structure that aids in preventing excessive spring time flooding to farm fields
  • Habitat enhancements including tree and shrub planting
  • Micro-topography excavations to replicate historic floodplain channels and depressions
  • Decommissioning of old drain ditches.

As a part of the NRCS Environmental Assessment process, we advertised and conducted a public meeting to provide an overview of the planned project and to solicit public comment. Future posts to this site will include documentation requested by the public and the draft Environmental Assessment document.

Presentations that were given at the public meeting in Monroe, WA on December 15, 2016 are linked to below.

Pearson Eddy Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment for the Pearson Eddy Wetland Reserve Program Restoration Project

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY – Draft Environmental Assessment for the Pearson Eddy Wetland Reserve Program restoration project, Snohomish County, Washington The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment that evaluates the potential environmental impacts of implementing the wetland reserve plan of operation on approximately 267 acres of Wetland Reserve easements. For more information on this project, see the links under ‘Pearson Eddy Public Meeting’ found here: The draft Environmental Assessment and all appendices will be found there on April 3rd, 2017. The 30-day public comment period begins on 04/03/17 and ends on 05/02/17. Persons wishing to provide comments should send them to Dave Kreft via mail at USDA - NRCS, 316 W. Boone Ave., Suite 450, Spokane, WA 99201-2348; or via email atNRCS.Pearson.Eddy.comments@wa.usda.govTo request a hard copy, please email with ‘request EA copy’ in the subject line; please include a full mailing address.

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