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  • Evaluation and Findings Report Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Jordan Cove Energy Project May 2019

    Water Quality Division 165 E. 7th Ave., Suite 700 Eugene, OR 97401 Phone: 503-229-5696 800-452-4011 Fax: 541-686-7551 Contact: Christopher Stine www.oregon.gov/DEQ DEQ is a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

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  • Jordan Cove Energy Project Page i Evaluations & Findings Document May 6, 2019

    This report prepared by:

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 165 E. 7th Ave. Suite 100

    Eugene, OR 97401 1-800-452-4011

    www.oregon.gov/deq

    Contact: Christopher Stine

    541-686-7810 Documents can be provided upon request in an alternate format for individuals with disabilities or in a language other than English for people with limited English skills. To request a document in another format or language, call DEQ in Portland at 503-229-5696, or toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, ext. 5696; or email deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

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  • Jordan Cove Energy Project Page ii Evaluations & Findings Document May 6, 2019

    Table of Contents 1.0 Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.1 Background ........................................................................................................................................................ 1

    1.2 Additional Information Requests ....................................................................................................................... 1

    1.3 Public Comment Period ..................................................................................................................................... 2

    1.4 WQC Decision ................................................................................................................................................... 3

    2.0 Summary of Application ................................................................................................................................... 3

    2.1 Legal Name of Applicant .................................................................................................................................. 4

    2.2 Description of Project Location ........................................................................................................................ 4

    2.2.1 Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal ........................................................................................................... 4

    2.2.2 Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline ................................................................................................................. 4

    2.3 Adjacent Landowners........................................................................................................................................ 4

    2.4 Description of Activity ...................................................................................................................................... 4

    2.5 Waters of the State Affected by the Project ...................................................................................................... 7

    2.5.1 Water Resources Affected by the Jordan Cove LNG Facility ................................................................... 7

    2.5.2 Water Resources Affected by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline ........................................................... 7

    2.6 Documents Filed in Support of the JCEP Application ...................................................................................... 7

    2.7 Public Notice(s) Issued by the Federal Licensing Authority ............................................................................ 8

    2.8 Land Use Determination by Local Planning Jurisdiction ................................................................................. 8

    2.9 Consistency with Other Requirements of State Law ........................................................................................ 8

    3.0 Project Description ............................................................................................................................................ 9

    3.1 Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal .................................................................................................................. 9

    3.2 Pacific Connector Natural Gas Pipeline .......................................................................................................... 10

    3.2.1 Pacific Connector Natural Gas Pipeline .................................................................................................. 11

    3.2.2 Aboveground Facilities ............................................................................................................................ 11

    3.2.3 Land Requirements .................................................................................................................................. 12

    3.3 Port of Coos Bay Proposed Channel Deeping Project .................................................................................... 12

    4.0 Water Quality Standards .................................................................................................................................. 13

    4.1 Beneficial Uses ............................................................................................................................................... 14

    4.2 Numeric and Narrative Criteria ........................................................................................................................ 14

    4.3 Antidegradation Policy .................................................................................................................................... 14

    5.0 Proposed Actions Included in this 401 Analysis ..................................................................................... 15

    5.1 Pipeline Construction ...................................................................................................................................... 15

    5.2 Waterbody Crossings ...................................................................................................................................... 16

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    5.3 Construction and Maintenance of Roads ........................................................................................................ 17

    5.4 Permanent Pipeline Right-of-Way .................................................................................................................. 17

    5.5 Terminal and Off-Site Project Area Stormwater ............................................................................................. 17

    5.6 Jordan Cove LNG Terminal Dredging ............................................................................................................ 18

    6.0 Water Quality Compliance Evaluation .................................................................................................... 18

    6.1 Statewide Narrative Criteria ............................................................................................................................ 18

    6.1.1 Applicable Standard ................................................................................................................................. 18

    6.1.2 DEQ Evaluation ....................................................................................................................................... 18

    6.1.3 DEQ Findings .......................................................................................................................................... 44

    6.2 Biocriteria ........................................................................................................................................................ 45

    6.2.1 Applicable Standard ................................................................................................................................. 45

    6.2.2 Evaluation of Biocriteria .......................................................................................................................... 46

    6.2.3 DEQ Findings ......................................................................................................................................... 53

    6.3 Dissolved Oxygen ............................................................................................................................................ 53

    6.3.1 Applicable Standard ................................................................................................................................. 53

    6.3.2 DEQ Evaluation: Dissolved Oxygen .................................................................................................... 54

    6.3.3 DEQ Findings: Dissolved Oxygen ........................................................................................................ 55

    6.4 Nuisance Phytoplankton Growth ..................................................................................................................... 56

    6.4.1 Applicab