Time Line for the West Eugene Wetlands Planning Process


  • Metropolitan Plan update work program developed. This work program includes a study which addresses the requirements of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Statewide planning Goal 5, "Open Spaces, Scenic and Historic Areas and natural Resources."


  • Lane Council of Governments receives $3800 grant from Land Conservation and Development Commission, hires Esther Lev, consulting biologist, to inventory and evaluate selected natural resources inventory within the Eugene-Springfield Urban Growth Boundary.

  • April - Lev inventories four industrial sites in west Eugene for wetlands. Wet prairie wetlands are found in significant proportions on all four sites. WETLANDS STUDY AREA MAP

  • Lev organizes a wetlands workshop for lane Council of Governments, City of Eugene, City of Springfield and lane County staff. Division of State Lands, US Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish and Wildlife Service assist.

  • City of Eugene hires Lane Council of Governments to assist Spectra-Physics in obtaining a wetland permit for future expansion. Lane Council of Governments and a multidepartmental city planning team, with Oregon Division of State Lands and US Environmental Protection Agency assistance, work with Spectra-Physics.


  • The Goal 5 natural resources inventory is scaled down to a special study to reflect budget limitations. The Natural Resources Special Study includes only some of the Goal 5 resources: wildlife areas and habitat, water areas and wetlands.

  • Lev hired to conduct a natural resources inventory within the Eugene-Springfield Urban Growth Boundary, a total of 75 square miles, for wetlands, riparian areas, waterways, and selected upland habitats. Preliminary inventory identifies 765 acres of wetlands in west Eugene.

  • April - Study completed of historical wetlands in west Eugene from 1852-53 US Government Land Survey maps and field notes.

  • Eugene City Council subcommittee on economic development ponders individual process versus a comprehensive wetlands management plan.

  • July - the first public workshop on wetlands.

  • November - Eugene Chamber of Commerce and City of Eugene co-host a wetlands workshop for developers and property owners. The Environmental Protection Agency Region X, suggests applying for assistance through a planning and studies grant.

  • December - Spectra-Physics submits wetland permit request to Oregon Division of State lands and the US Army Corps of Engineers.


  • January - Eugene Planning Commission approves work program for WEWSAS. City contracts with LCOG to oversee the study.

  • February - Citizens Involvement Commission approves work program for WEWSAS.

  • Eugene City Council lobbies Congress for $250,000 to assist in wetland study as a national demonstration model.

  • Technical Advisory Committee meets (includes Oregon Division of State lands, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service).

  • April, June, November - Citizen workshops held, as called for in the work program. Workshops are held on describing wetland functions and values, the goals of the plan, and field methods. Public opinion surveys are taken. The mailing list is up to 250 addresses, which includes 125 property owners. (ADD WORKSHOP PHOTO)

  • May - New federal wetlands delineation manual is adopted by four federal agencies.

  • Environmental Protection Agency grants the Lane Council of Governments $50,000 for an inventory and evaluation of wetlands. LCOG hires Scientific Resources, Inc. to perform the inventory.

  • Summer SRI conducts west Eugene Wetlands inventory using the 1989 Federal Delineations manual as a guideline. A total of 1,430 wetland acres are identified using this method.

  • Lobbying efforts are successful. The Oregon Congressional Delegation is able to get $242,000 appropriated to assist in the study. Lane Council of Governments receives Environmental Protection Agency grant.

  • November - Division of State lands issues Spectra-Physics a removal/fill permit.


  • The US. Environmental Protection Agency directs that urban areas over 100,000 in population must obtain national Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits that include a stormwater quality management program.

  • January - Spectra-Physics wetlands mitigation plan released.

  • January - The final inventory by Lev is published (Habitat Rating) (ADD LINK).

  • February - Scientific Resources, Inc. produces report

  • February - Public workshop: presentation of field results and 3 scenarios.

  • Technical Advisory Committee ("Wetheads") continues to meet.

  • May - City workshop is held on preliminary staff recommendations for the West Eugene Special Area Study.

  • July - The County Tax Assessor conducts a mass reappraisal of west Eugene properties affected by wetlands. Many are down-valued to agricultural value.

  • EPA promulgates rules for the administration of the NPDES program.

  • Fall - Spectra-Physics mitigation project construction, Phase I, begins.

  • Winter/Spring - Winter Waterbird and Wildlife Habitat Inventory of west Eugene wetlands completed by Fishman Environmental Services, as well as amphibian reptile surveys.


  • City of Eugene and lane Council of Governments begin work on a comprehensive stormwater management plan.

  • March - draft West Eugene Wetlands Special Area Study and Technical Reports released.

  • May - Sixth citizen workshop is held on the west Eugene Wetlands Special Area Study. The workshop combined the natural resources Special Study and the Industrial Lands Study.

  • Joint Eugene and Lane County commission hearings on draft plan.

  • Plan amendments recommended from planning commission to elected officials.

  • $1.97 million in Federal Land and Water Conservation funds appropriated to Eugene District Bureau of Land Management to purchase wetlands.
  • · July - Joint elected officials hold public hearing on draft plan.
· 70% of planting completed at Spectra Physics mitigation site.
  • · August - Field tour for Representative Peter De Fazio.

  • · December - Field Tour for Senator Mark Hatfield.

1992 -

  • April - Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eugene District, opens BLM acquisition field office.
· Survey undertaken for Lomatium bradshawii and other threatened and endangered species by Oregon Natural Heritage Program (ONHP).

· Field Tour for Representative Les Aucoin.
  • · May - Army Corps of Engineers Amazon widening reconnaissance study begins.

  • · May - Final citizen workshop held on rural wetland issues.
· Lane Council of Government's West Eugene Wetlands Study Project Manager, Steve Gordon, receives EPA/Environmental Law Institute's "1992 National Wetlands Protection Award" in the local government category.
  • · June - 1st annual Amazon Appreciation Day sponsored by KEZI television and KEZL FM radio. 400 people participate in clean-up, storm drain stenciling, and door-to-door canvassing.

  • · August - West Eugene Wetlands Plan adopted by Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners.

  • · September - LCOG receives $100,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency to package the planning program as a national demonstration model. This grant was obtained through appropriation assistance from the Oregon Congressional Delegation.
· $1 million in Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds obtained for Eugene BLM for further wetlands acquisition.
  • · November - West Eugene area is selected by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Waterways Experiment Station as one of three demonstration sites nationwide.
· City of Eugene receives Oregon League of Cities Award for Excellence for the West Eugene Wetlands Plan.

· Bureau of Land Management purchases first wetland acres.
  • · December - The adopted West Eugene Wetlands Plan is published.
· City of Eugene, Lane Council of Governments, Bureau of Land Management co-host Association of State Wetlands Managers National Wetlands Conference in Eugene.

· Spectra Physics sod mat mitigation technique continues to be successful with an average of 94% cover of diverse wetland species, tufted hairgrass established in late 1990 sets seed - an important step in wetland succession.

1993 -

Plan implementation, drafting of mitigation bank manual, local ordinances, alternatives analysis report, and local wetland permitting procedures.
· Bureau of Land Management adopts West Eugene Wetlands Plan - continues acquisition plan.
  • · February - Oregon Department of Transportation awards $1.1 million to the City of Eugene under the new Federal Intermodal SurfaceTransportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) for 1.4 miles of Amazon bikepath construction and 1.5 miles of Amazon stream enhancement.

  • · March - City of Eugene and LCOG receive the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association award for Professional Achievements in Planning.

  • · May - Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions hold public hearing on draft of the Natural Resource Zone and Streamside Protection Ordinances.

  • · June - 2nd annual Amazon Appreciation Day: KEZI television, KEZL FM radio sponsor, with City of Eugene Public Works assistance.

  • · September - Work begins on the first mitigation project of the plan, based on City Public Works Department Engineers' restoration design for Site E2e