Permitting for Reservoir Sedimentation Management
By Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss, P.E., and David Olson
Previous webinars in this series addressed the causes and impacts of reservoir sedimentation and options for sediment management - that is, either removing sediment deposits from a reservoir or passing incoming sediment or deposited sediment downstream. This webinar will address the primary federal permitting requirements for activities associated with reservoir sediment management. Our current regulatory framework, designed to support landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act, did not recognize the eventual need to introduce sediment into streams and rivers exiting from reservoirs. The steps required to obtain necessary permits for reservoir sedimentation management will be explained and illustrated, including current activities to try to streamline the permitting process.
Dr. Rollin H. Hotchkiss is a professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Brigham Young University. He is a core member of the International Sediment Initiative sponsored by UNESCO, a member of the National Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Team, chair of the ASCE-EWRI Task Committee on Reservoir Sediment Management and chair of the Environmental Advisory Board of the Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Hotchkiss has authored or co-authored more than 150 technical papers and was the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Hydraulic Structures Medal.
David B. Olson is a Regulatory Program Manager at the Headquarters office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has worked for the Corps since 1991, beginning as a Regulatory Project Manager at the Baltimore District, evaluating applications for Department of the Army authorization to do work in waters and wetlands. In 2002, he began working at his current position at Corps Headquarters. His focus areas currently include wetland and stream restoration, managing the Corps nationwide permit program, and Endangered Species Act compliance for Department of the Army permits.
This event is part of a series of webinars on reservoir sedimentation, sponsored in part by the CIRES Education & Outreach group and the CIRES Western Water Assessment group, focused on reservoir sedimentation and sustainability. Organizers are part of the Subcommittee on Sedimentation’s National Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Team, presenting sustainable solutions to reservoir sediment management.
The full list of upcoming and recorded webinars as well as professional development hour certificates can be found at this link: Announcing the Reservoir Sedimentation Management Webinar Series.