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  • 29 Jun 2015 - Federal Register Notice Announcing the Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States.  The effective date for the Clean Water Rule will be 28 Aug 2015.
  • 27 May 2015 - The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced the release of the Clean Water Act Rule.
    Prepublication Version of the Final Rule
    EPA-Army Technical Support Document for the Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States
    -  EPA-Army Final Clean Water Rule Economic Analysis
    Additional information can be found by clicking here.
  • 29 January 2015Memorandum withdrawing the 25 Mar 2014 Interpretative Rule Regarding the Applicability of Clean Water Act Section 404(f)(l)(A). For additional information click here.
  • 3 December 2014 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received a final biological opinion from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries on the USACE nationwide permits that were reissued on Feb. 13, 2012, and went into effect on March 19, 2012. The biological opinion was issued on Nov. 24, 2014, and it concludes the re-initiated programmatic consultation on the Endangered Species Act that began in July 2012 between the two agencies. To view the biological opinion click here. For more general information click here.
  • 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.

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.