Programmatic Biological Assessment for Fourteen Common Disaster Activities in Washington State   [open pdf - 579KB]

"The intent of the Programmatic Biological Assessment (PBA) is to streamline the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) consultation process and quickly repair or replace public facilities. The activities described in this PBA are often associated with disasters such as earthquakes, floods, strong winds, and slides in Washington State. Only actions that result in 'may affect, not likely to adversely affect' determinations are covered by this PBA. The PBA includes fourteen activities authorized for funding under the Stafford Act, PL-93-288 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The fourteen activities include: organic debris removal, mineral debris removal, anthropogenic debris removal, gravel placement, piling repair and replacement dewater and water diversion actions, recreational structure repair, wave wall and seawall repair, revetment repair, road and trail repair, bridge and abutment repair, stormwater system repair, building elevation, and building acquisition. Each activity includes a project description and relative conservation measures, as appropriate. The PBA explicitly identifies specific methods that may affect, but are not likely to adversely affect, listed species or designated critical habitat. Projects covered by the PBA may include more than one activity that complies with the programmatic (i.e. a repair project may require debris removal and water diversion before the actual repairs are initiated). In these cases the applicant is responsible identifying all individual activities associated with the total project. Projects with methods or activities that are not covered by this PBA will be consulted on individually either informally or formally."

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