Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

NWAEP Lunch & Learn - Handling Cultural Resource issues in Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Portland State University URBN 304 (Portland) and Anchor QEA (Seattle)

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NWAEP Lunch & Learn

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Handling Cultural Resource Issues in Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting

Presented by Chris Page
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and
David Harrelson
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands. It is through this permit nexus that the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the USACE tribal trust responsibility are triggered. In complying with NHPA, the Portland District Regulatory Branch archeologist considers a number of factors when evaluating a permit application, with one of the most important being tribal input. This presentation will shed light on the Portland District’s NHPA review process, as well as provide a tribal perspective on the process from the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

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Chris Page is an archeologist in the Regulatory Branch of the Portland District Corps of Engineers. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with 11 years of experience in cultural resource management at the federal, state, and private levels. Mr. Page reviews Portland District Regulatory permits to assure compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable cultural resource related laws and regulations. In addition he provides guidance on Tribal related issues within the Regulatory Branch.


David Harrelson is a descendant of the Kalapuya and a member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. He works for his community as the Tribal Historic Preservation Office Program Manager. David has worked within Cultural Resources for Grand Ronde since 2009. Prior to this he attended Lewis & Clark College and Interned with the United States Senate. He has particular areas of interest in Ethnobotony, contact era history of the Pacific Northwest, and the maintenance of ecological systems through aboriginal land management strategies.

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Please note that the actual talk will start promptly at 12:00. However we encourage everyone to join us for some friendly discussion and networking from 11:30 to 12:00. 

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Please join NWAEP in Portland, OR for this Lunch & Learn discussion by registering and reserving a spot! The event will be available in Seattle via webinar, hosted at Anchor QEA. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Please email Lindsay Mico (lindsaymico@gmail.com) if you have questions.  

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