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  • 6 November 2014 -  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has established a streamlined process to request an evaluation of the wetland rating for plants on the National Wetland Plant List (NWPL).  A request can be completed by submitting an online questionnaire on the NWPL website between 10 November 2014 and 31 January 2015.  For additional information click here.
  • 6 October 2014 - The comment period for the Clean Water Act proposed rule for defining "waters of the United States" has been extended until 14 November 2014.  Please click here for additional information.
  • 10 June 2014 - In response to numerous requests, the comment period for the Clean Water Act rule announced on 21 April 2014 has been extended for 91 days until 20 Oct 2014.    Please click here for the Public Notice.
    21 April 2014 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce the publication of a joint proposed rule for the definition of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act in the Federal Register for a 90-day public comment period. For the Public Notice with additional information on the proposed rule and how to submit comments, click here. More information on the proposed rule can also be found by clicking here.
  • 10 June 2014 - The comment period for the interpretative rule regarding CWA exemptions, also announced on 21 April 2014 has been reopened for 30 days until 7 July 2014.  Please click here for the Public Notice.
    21 April 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army Civil Works (Army) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability for a 45-day public comment period their interpretive rule for the 404(f)(1)(A) exemption under the Clean Water Act. The public comment period ends on June 05, 2014.”  Click here for the interpretive rule.  This interpretative rule became effective on April 3, 2014.  Click here for the Public Notice announcing the Federal Register publication and how to submit comments on the implementation and to inform future revision of the interpretive rule.  For additional information regarding the applicability of the exemptions click here or for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Agriculture, EPA, and the Army which includes the list of conservation practice standards click here.

Regulatory (Permits)

Man and woman checking soil conditions
The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the Federal Government. Initially it served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Time, changing public needs, evolving policy, case law, and new statutory mandates have changed the complexion of the program, adding to its breadth, complexity, and authority.

The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands.