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BergerABAM worked with the Port of Vancouver's project team to prepare technical discipline reports consistent with the requirements of the National and State Environmental Policy acts for land use, community, and housing in connection with the Port's proposal to construct a new rail line to serve its facilities. The project included complex local land use and environmental permitting because approximately 900 feet of the proposed rail alignment was located below the ordinary high water mark of the Columbia River. BergerABAM was responsible for the preliminary civil design of the project and local permitting. This work involved completion of a preapplication conference with the City of Vancouver, preparation of complex shoreline conditional use and critical areas permits, and Clark County Planning Director review. The local permits were successfully submitted and negotiated. A recent public hearing on the shoreline permit resulted in the City's Hearing Examiner approving the permit and forwarding it to the Washington State Department of Ecology for review.