1. SPECIAL BOG TURTLE HABITAT SCREENING
      1. U. S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS / SECTION 404 CLEAN WATER ACT PERMIT

3150-PM-BWEW0550 Rev. 6/2016
 
 
 
3150-PM-BWEW0550 Rev. 6/2016
 
 

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
BUREAU OF WATERWAYS ENGINEERING AND WETLANDS
 

Request for a Bog Turtle Habitat Evaluation (Phase 1 Survey)
 
Federal/State Screening Process for Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) and/or their habitat in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon (Aquashicola Creek Watershed only), Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin (Swatara Creek Watershed only), Delaware, Franklin (Antietam Creek Watershed), Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill (Swatara Creek Watershed only), and York Counties.
 
If you are proposing work in wetlands in the counties listed above and have not completed the Endangered Species coordination process with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), you may complete this form and necessary accompanying information and submit to the points of contact listed below to have the required Phase 1 Survey completed; or have an environmental consultant complete the Phase I survey field work and documentation and submit to the USFWS for review and approval. To expedite the review process, applicants may have the Phase I survey completed by a qualified bog turtle surveyor. More information on the bog turtle and a listing of USFWS qualified surveyors can be found on the USFWS website: www.fws.gov/northeast/pafo/  
 
In 1974 the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, under Section 2305 of the Fish and Boat Code, listed the bog turtle as an endangered species, and in 1997 the USFWS, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, listed the bog turtle as a threatened species. Poaching and loss of habitat are two primary reasons for the decline in turtle populations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
 
In order to provide continued protection for the turtle and to minimize conflicts during project development and permitting, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USFWS, and PA Department of Environmental Protection have developed a screening process to identify potential bog turtle habitat. Representatives of these agencies will provide guidance regarding this special screening process for projects that may impact wetlands in the counties listed above.

INSTRUCTIONS
If your proposed project includes a wetland impact in one of the seventeen counties listed above, and you are requesting a bog turtle habitat screening from the agencies, follow the steps below:

1.   Run a Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) data search at: conservationexplorer.state.pa.us/ . If PNDI search receipt indicates further consultation with USFWS, follow instructions in “AGENCY COMMENTS” section of the PNDI Receipt. For all other results, go to Step 2.

2.   Complete and submit the attached form and provide: a) the PNDI search results; b) location map; c) latitude and longitude; d) driving directions; e) project description; f) size of property; g) wetland delineation, if available h) area of impact to the wetland; and i) a sketch or a plan of the site detailing the proposed project, showing wetland impact location(s).

3.   When the request is received by the POC/agency listed below, you will be contacted by a representative of that agency to schedule an on-site assessment of the wetlands for bog turtle habitat. The representative will complete the Bog Turtle Habitat Evaluation Form. A letter with the findings will be sent to you.

4.   If it is determined that the project area (which includes the direct and indirect impact area) is potential bog turtle habitat, the agency representative will discuss your options with you. These may include revising project plans to avoid impacts to wetlands, contacting a professional bog turtle surveyor (see web site above), or consulting with the USFWS. Neither a State Permit nor a Federal Permit can be authorized/verified without the Corps or USFWS resolving a potential bog turtle conflict, if applicable.

5.   If you have any questions specific to this process, please contact the appropriate agency representative for your county.
 



 

PRIMARY CONTACT LIST BY COUNTY

  Adams, Franklin (Antietam Creek Watershed), Cumberland Counties
 
Debby Nizer
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
CENAB-OPR-P
10 S. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-962-6085
Fax: 410-962-6024
Berks (Baltimore District), Dauphin (Swatara Creek Watershed only), York Counties
 
Mike Danko
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Carlisle Regulatory Field Office
401 Louther Street, Suite 205
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-249-8730
Fax: 717-240-0523  
 
       
  Berks (Philadelphia District), Bucks, Chester (Philadelphia District), Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery Counties
 
Bill Jenkins, Chief, Applications Section
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia Dist., Regulatory Branch
Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390
Phone: 215-656-6726
Fax: 215-656-6724
Chester (Baltimore District), Lancaster, Lebanon Counties
 
Pat Strong
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
CENAB-OPR-P
10 S. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-962-1847
Fax: 410-962-6024
 
       
  Carbon (Aquashicola Creek Watershed only), Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill (Swatara Creek Watershed only) Counties
 
Brian Scofield U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
110 Radnor Rd; Suite 101
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-234-4090, ext. 7471
Fax: 814-234-0748
   

If you have more general questions or need information on permitting, please contact the appropriate DEP Regional Office listed below.

  DEP
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
570-826-2511
 
Carbon (Aquashicola Creek Watershed only), Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton, and Schuylkill (Swatara Creek Watershed only) Counties
DEP
Southcentral Regional Office
909 Elmerton Avenue, Second Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-705-4802
 
Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin (Antietam Watershed only), Lancaster, Lebanon, and York Counties
DEP
Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
484-250-5970
 
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties
 
         


SPECIAL BOG TURTLE HABITAT SCREENING


U. S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS / SECTION 404 CLEAN WATER ACT PERMIT

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION/ WATER OBSTRUCTION AND ENCROACHMENT PERMITS

APPLICANT INFORMATION
 
Applicant Name        

 
Mailing Address          Telephone (   )        
 
City          State          ZIP+4        
 

Email Address        

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 
Project Name        

 
Project Location (i.e., tax parcel, road intersection, address)      
County          Municipality        
 
Latitude          Longitude        

  Which PADEP permit(s) are you planning to register? Individual Dam EA    

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Detailed Written Directions to Project:      




Briefly Describe Your Project (including proposed area of impacts to waters and/or wetlands:      
 

SIGNATURE
I hereby grant permission for representatives of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers or other authorized screening representative to inspect the project site as necessary in order to perform the requested habitat determination.
 
 
            
 Signature  Date
 
 
On the next page, prepare a sketch showing your project, the wetlands, and all proposed impacts.


 
 
       
Applicant Name

BOG TURTLE HABITAT - SKETCH PLAN
To ensure the sketch plan is complete, include the following on the site plan in the immediate vicinity of the project.

(√ all that apply)

 

YES
N/A
 
YES
N/A
 
    Stream Name:             Limits of Earth Disturbance Associated with this Activity
    Stream Limits and Flow Direction     Location of Property Lines Relative to the Project
    Floodway Limits (if known)     Existing Buildings, Roadways, Other Structures
    Chapter 93 Stream Designation:
       
    Proposed Buildings, Roadways, Other Structures
    Waters Impacts with Dimensions
Total Length         
Total sq. ft.         
# of impacts         
    Existing Utilities
    Wetland Impacts
Total sq. ft.         __
# of impacts         
    Proposed Utilities
    Wetland Acreage Onsite             Other Waters on project site (i.e. pond, lakes)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Scale 1" =         ft.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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