Corps, partnership agree to collaborate on levees

  • Mon Jun 25th, 2012 9:39pm
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Associated Press

TACOMA — The Puget Sound Partnership says it has reached a memorandum of understanding with the Army Corps of Engineers and others that will help it resolve the issue of vegetation on levees.

The state agency said the corps, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have agreed to work together to make sure levees in the region to protect the public while also protecting salmon.

Cities and levee managers have asked for more flexibility from the corps in dealing with levee standards that require levees to be free of trees, shrubs and other vegetation.

The partnership says the understanding between the federal agencies will help strike a balance between levee standards and salmon protection.

The corps’ policies affect miles of habitat in Puget Sound.