4. Request Review: A Section 408 review includes an engineering, environmental, real estate and legal review to ensure the alteration does not impair the usefulness of the federal project and is not injurious to the public’s interest. USACE procedures for reviewing requests for Section 408 permission is contained in Engineering Circular 1165-2-220. The levee system sponsor’s will be involved with decisions on any project proposed on or near the levee systems.
5. Approval: The Memphis District Engineer or his designee has the authority to approve minor, low impact alterations or modifications to the civil works projects; however, some requests which involve significant impact to the civil works feature such as levee raises, realignments, and temporary degradation of life safety measures may need Headquarter approval.
6. Oversight Post-Permission: After permission approval, the requester will provide the Section 408 Coordinator written notification of intent at least ten (10) days prior to the start of construction. The requester is responsible for construction oversight to ensure construction is performed per the approved plans and specifications submitted for Section 408 review. USACE will provide some oversight to monitor construction. The level of monitoring will be commensurate with the complexity of the alteration. Final As-Built documentation must be submitted to USACE upon construction completion.