Project News & Updates

LWI Approved by the DSL
January 2012: All MCWRAP partner cities now have approved Local Wetland Inventory (LWI) reports and maps. The LWIs approved by the Department of State Lands (DSL) will be included in the Statewide Wetland Inventory and will be used to notify DSL if site development is proposed on affected parcels. The inventory will help both the community and individual landowners by providing advance notice about wetland regulations so that we can plan ahead for necessary permits and avoid potential fill violation liability. Compliance with state and federal wetland regulations is the responsibility of every landowner, regardless of whether the wetlands have yet been identified on any map.

More Information
For further information on state and federal wetland regulations, contact DSL at 503-986-5200 or via their webpage, or contact the Army Corps of Engineers at 503-808-4373.

DSL's approval of the reports is a critical step in moving forward with the project's goals. Now that DSL has approved the LWI reports, the cities will move forward with local adoption and local policy development. Local "adoption" is separate from state DSL "approval". Guided by Oregon State planning goals and rules, local regulations will be developed by each partner city over the next few months. These local regulations will only apply to properties currently within the City Limits and to properties as they are annexed to the City. The local adoption and policy phase of the Local Wetland Inventory process is scheduled for early to mid-2012. All impacted properties will receive legal notice for any public hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council. These hearings and related meetings are an additional opportunity to provide input. All are encouraged to participate.

To view the Final DSL approved local wetland inventory maps and reports as well as other Oregon LWI maps and reports, visit DSL's Local Wetland Inventories website.

MCWRAP Learning & Sharing Lessons from LiDAR Technology
June 2011: With Technical Assistance funds from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), the MCWRAP team was able to investigate the utility of LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data in Wetland and Waterway inventories and assessments. Several MCWRAP cities were selected and analyzed using this new and exciting technology. Two technical memoranda summarize the results of this investigation.
Take a 3-D Tour of the Draft Inventories
May 2011: The following 3-D animations were shown at the public meetings held in April and May of 2011. They provide an overview of the draft significant and non-significant wetlands identified in each city. For more detail about specific wetlands click on the draft LWI reports and maps included below (links will open a new window):
LWI Public Meetings
Spring 2011: Local Wetland Inventories for the Multi-City/County Project (MCWRAP) are ready for public review! Public meetings are planned in all eight cities. Check the MCWRAP Meetings Calendar to find out when and where each meeting is being held. These meetings will be an opportunity to see the preliminary results of the Local Wetland and Riparian Inventories. To learn more about what a local wetland inventory is refer to the Local Wetland Inventory Fact Sheet (PDF).

Lane Council of Governments is assisting all 8 cities with the draft inventories and will be present at each meeting along with representatives from the Department of State Lands and the wetland consultants who did the inventory field work. There will be opportunities to ask questions, review maps and provide valuable feedback on the results presented.

For more information regarding the inventories, maps and meetings, please contact:
  • Denise Kalakay
    Ph: 541-682-7415
  • Jacob Callister
    Ph: 541-682-4114
Base Maps
Spring 2010: Base maps provide information about the possible location of wetlands and riparian areas. You can view the different layers on the PDF maps by selecting 'Navigation Panels' in the view drop down menu, then selecting 'Layers'. Each layer in the PDF can be made visible or invisible by clicking the eyeball icon next to it.