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  • 18 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. The public comment period begins on April 21, 2014 and ends on July 21, 2014.  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.
  • 18 April 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army Civil Works (Army) announce a Notice of Availability for a 45-day public comment period in the Federal Register for an interpretive rule for the 404(f)(1)(A) exemption under the Clean Water Act.  The public comment period begins on April 21, 2014 and ends on June 05, 2014.  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 click here which includes the list of conservation practice standards click here.
  • 8 April 2014 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the 2014 annual update to the National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). For additional information on the 2014 NWPL click here or visit the NWPL website.

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.