To find out more about the work in each of these components, click on the tabs to the left. The built resources division provides services on a wide range of historic transmission infrastructure projects and fish and wildlife projects.
BPA manages cultural resource compliance activities in collaboration with affected Tribes, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), other federal and state land management agencies, the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and interested members of the public.
Cultural resource compliance is guided primarily by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations; namely that of Section 106.
The Section 106 Process
Initiate the Process
Formal consultation begins with providing the proposed project details to all consulting parties which include: State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), affected Tribal Governments, Local Governments, State and Federal Agencies, Interested Parties, and the Public. Questions asked during this step are:
- Who is the landowner?
- Do they require a permit?
- Are other agencies involved in the proposed project and if so, which agency will be the lead agency for Section 106 compliance?
All consulting parties are provided a 30-day review and comment period.
Identify Historic Properties
Background research is conducted prior to an intensive cultural resources survey of the proposed project area using relevant literature, previous cultural surveys, recorded site data, historic maps, other environmental data, and data recommended by the consulting parties.
Field Investigations of the project area include intensive pedestrian survey, subsurface testing, followed by a professional report following SHPO standards.
If cultural resources are identified within the proposed project area, they are systematically recorded to determine their location and extent, the type of cultural resource, age, and last but not least, its eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places.
A cultural resource can be a historic property if it’s determined to be significant and retains its integrity by one or all of these characteristics: Location, Design, Setting, Materials, Workmanship, Feeling, and Association.
There are 4 criteria used to make that designation:
- Criterion A- Associates the property with significant events
- Criterion B- Associates the property with significant persons or beings
- Criterion C- Associates Significant architecture – which represent specific type or period, or method of construction
- Criterion D- It’s the ability to provide data important to our understanding of prehistory or history