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SPK-2022-00642, Public Notice of (Permit Application), Sanders Harbor and Access Channel Dredging, Tooele County, UT.

Published March 24, 2023
Expiration date: 4/20/2023

Public Notice:
Comment Period: March 21, 2023 – April 20, 2023

SUBJECT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (Corps) is evaluating a permit 
application for the discharge dredged material in approximately 35 acres of waters of the United 
States to dredge the Sanders Harbor and extend the access channel. This notice is to inform 
interested parties of the proposed activity and to solicit comments.

AUTHORITY: This application is being evaluated under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the 
discharge of dredged material in waters of the United States.

APPLICANT: Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc., Attn: Mr. Timothy Hawkes, 1750 West 2450 
South, Ogden, UT, 84401.

LOCATION: The approximately 40.5-acre project site is located on the north end of Stansbury Island, 
Latitude 40.93408°, Longitude -112.50578°, Tooele County, Utah, and can be seen on the Plug Peak NW 
USGS Topographic Quadrangle.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant is proposing to dredge the existing Sanders Harbor, and dredge 
and extend the access channel. The activity that would require authorization from this office is 
the hydraulic placement of dredged material on the south end of the proposed 5,000 foot by 40 foot 
access channel. Hydraulic placement would be within a 300 foot wide section of lakebed directly 
adjacent to the south of the access channel to a maximum depth of 1 foot. The 5,000 linear foot 
access channel and harbor would be dredged annually to a depth of approximately 5 feet. This is the 
needed depth for the brine shrimping boats to utilize the facilities. The proposed project would 
not require additional water supply from the Great Salt Lake (GSL). Based on the available 
information, the overall project purpose is to maintain vessel access from Sanders Harbor. The 
applicant believes there is a need to dredge the access channel and harbor to access to the GSL.
The attached drawings provide additional project details.


Environmental Setting. The entire project is located below the 4,200 foot Ordinary High-Water Mark 
of the GSL. The Sanders Harbor is a critical access point for Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp 
Cooperative on the southern side of the GSL. The harbor and a portion of the access channel have 
been previously disturbed from construction and dredging. The proposed hydraulic displacement area 
of 35 acres is comprised of open water and sand/silt lakebed. The project area is located near 
bioherms, but the applicant has stated these areas would be avoided.

Alternatives. The applicant has provided information concerning project alternatives.
Additional information concerning project alternatives may be available from the applicant or their 
agent. Other alternatives may develop during the review process for this permit application. All 
reasonable project alternatives, in particular those which may be less damaging to the aquatic 
environment, will be considered.

Mitigation. The Corps requires that applicants consider and use all reasonable and practical 
measures to avoid and minimize impacts to aquatic resources. If the applicant is unable to avoid or 
minimize all impacts, the Corps may require compensatory mitigation. The applicant has not proposed 
compensatory mitigation since the dredging would not result in a loss of waters.

OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS: Water quality certification or a waiver, as required under 
Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, is required 
for this project. The applicant will apply for certification in March 2023.

HISTORIC PROPERTIES: The Corps will initiate consultation with the State Historic Preservation 
Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: The project would not affect any Federally listed threatened or endangered 
species or their critical habitat that are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The above determinations are based on information provided by the applicant and our preliminary 

EVALUATION FACTORS: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the 
probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the described activity on the public interest. 
That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important 
resources. The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the described activity, 
must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant 
to the described activity will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof; among those 
are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic 
properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, 
shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy 
needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, 
in general, the needs and welfare of the people. The activity's impact on the public interest will 
include application of the Section 404(b)(1) guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 230).

The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, State, and local agencies and officials, 
Indian tribes, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this 
proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to 
issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are 
used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general 
environmental effects, and other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the 
preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the 
National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public 
hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.

SUBMITTING COMMENTS: Written comments, referencing Public Notice SPK-2023-00031 must be submitted 
to the office listed below on or before April 20, 2023

Hollis Jencks, Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 533 West 2600 South, Suite 150
Bountiful, Utah 84010

The Corps is particularly interested in receiving comments related to the proposal's probable 
impacts on the affected aquatic environment and the secondary and cumulative effects. Anyone may 
request, in writing, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests shall 
specifically state, with particularity, the reason(s) for holding a public hearing. If the Corps 
determines that the information received in response to this notice is inadequate for thorough 
evaluation, a public hearing may be warranted. If a public hearing is warranted, interested parties 
will be notified of the time, date, and location.

Please note that all comment letters received are subject to release to the public through the 
Freedom of Information Act. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact 
the applicant or the Corps' project manager Hollis Jencks, (801) 295-8380 ext. 8318,

Attachments:  5 drawings