Regulatory Announcements

1 December 2022 – Release of the Interim Draft of the National Ordinary High Water Mark Field Delineation Manual for Rivers and Streams
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA jointly announce the availability of the Interim Draft of the National Ordinary High Water Mark Field Delineation Manual for Rivers and Streams (National OHWM...
7 September 2022 – National Recruitment Event, September 14-15, 2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program is hosting its first regulatory-specific national recruitment event on September 14 - 15, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to -7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)...
27 April 2022 – Water Quality Certifications and USACE Permitting
On April 6, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the October 2021 order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that vacated EPA’s 2020 Clean Water Act Section 401...
5 April 2022 – Army Corps of Engineers Announces the Release of Automated Wetland Determination Data Sheets (ADS)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces the release of the ENG Forms 6116 (1-9), Automated Wetland Determination Data Sheet (ADS), and the associated “User Guide for Automated Wetland...
28 March 2022 – Army announces a formal review of Nationwide Permit 12
The Department of the Army announced the publishing of a Federal Register notice to initiate a formal review of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 for Oil or Natural Gas Pipeline Activities. This review...
5 January 2022 – Navigable Waters Protection Rule Vacatur
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“the agencies”) are in receipt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s August 30, 2021, order vacating and...
27 December 2021 - Army Corps of Engineers announces new and revised nationwide permits
27 December 2021 - Army Corps of Engineers announces new and revised nationwide permits U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a final rule in the Federal Register that reissues 40 nationwide permits...
2 December 2021 - Water Quality Certifications and Corps Permitting
On October 21, 2021 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order vacating and remanding the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 regulations implementing Section...
18 November 2021 - EPA, Army Announce Signing of Proposed Rule to Revise the Definition of Waters of the United States
On 18 November 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army (“the agencies”) announced the signing of a proposed rule to revise the definition of “waters of the United...
17 November, 2021 – Rescission of the 30 June 2020 NWPR Memo, “EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Process for Elevating and Coordinating Specific Draft Determinations under the Clean Water Act
After careful consideration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have rescinded the memorandum “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of...
2 November 2021 – Final 2020 National Wetland Plant List
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural...
13 January 2021 – Army Corps of Engineers publishes 2021 nationwide permits
USACE announce today the publication in the Federal Register of the 2021 Nationwide Permits (NWPs)...
11 September 2020 - EPA finalized the “Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule”
On June 1, 2020, EPA finalized the "Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule" to implement the water quality certification process consistent with the text and structure of the CWA. The final...
22 May 2020 - Final 2018 National Wetland Plant List
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources...

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 and navigation capacity, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced decisions.  The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nation's waters, including wetlands.