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The purpose of a biological evaluation is to describe a project’s proposed actions and effects on Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species or their critical habitat. The City of Seattle created the Seattle Biological Evaluation (SBE) to help expedite the federal permitting process for in-City capital projects and operations and maintenance activities. You can use the SBE if your project or activity meets all of the following criteria:
Project managers should consult the Corps during the early concept phases of a project or maintenance activity as to whether a Corps permit is required and, if yes, whether any ESA listed species or their critical habitat are in the project area.
The best way to find out if a project needs a Corp permit is to attend one of the bi-monthly Seattle/Corps informal pre-application meetings. To get on the agenda or to find out more information, please email Fed_PreApp@seattle.gov. See the 2015 calendar (pdf) for the meetings.
A Seattle/Corps pre-application meeting will help determine whether your project needs a biological evaluation. To get on the agenda or to find out more, please email Fed_PreApp@seattle.gov. You may also contact Jim Muck, our federal ESA representative.
Projects that are likely to need a biological evaluation include:
Section 3 (pdf) of the SBE describes construction methods and maintenance activities to construct, maintain, repair, or replace City of Seattle facilities. This Section also describes the conservation measures used in conjunction with each of these methods and activities to avoid or minimize environmental impacts.