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Waters of the United States Announcement

14 February 2019 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced today the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-00791/revised-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states.  The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule."  The publishing of the proposal and outreach efforts were delayed due to the lapse in appropriations for EPA.  Today's notice begins a 60-day public comment period that will close on April 15, 2019. EPA and the Army will hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on February 27-28, 2019. Additional Information, including supporting analyses and fact sheets, is available at:  https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule

 

7 January 2019 -EPA and Army Postpone Public Hearing on Proposed New "Waters of the United States" Definition. Due to the lapse in appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA and the Department of the Army (Army) have postponed the planned January 23 public hearing on the proposed new "Waters of the United States" definition until after appropriations have passed to fund the EPA.  Publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register is also postponed.  Information on the status of the public hearing will be posted on the EPA website at .https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/epa-and-army-postpone-public-hearing-proposed-new-waters-united-states-definition

 

11 December 2018 - EPA and Army Propose New "Waters of the United States" Definition The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have proposed a new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule."  The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on January 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on January 23, 2019.  More information including a pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule.

 

Regulatory Program

The Southwestern Division (SWD) Regulatory Program includes the Fort Worth, Galveston, Little Rock, and Tulsa districts.  Approximately 90 regulatory project managers in these four districts finalize over 6,000 permit and 5,000 jurisdictional related actions each year.  These actions result in the authorization of millions of dollars in development projects that create thousands of jobs both during and after construction, all while protecting the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of our waters. 

Mission

The US Army Corps of Engineers administers a permit program that authorizes actions in or affecting navigable waters of the US under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899; actions involving the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the US, including wetlands, under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA); and the transportation of dredged material for disposal in the ocean under Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. Both public and private landowners must obtain permits from the Corps prior to beginning such actions.

Permit related actions typically include residential/commercial/institutional developments, highways and roads, energy production, pipelines, surface mining, drainage projects, bank stabilization, ports, docks, dredging, and emergency work.  Finally, applicants may appeal approved jurisdictional determinations as well as denied or declined proffered permits under the Regulatory Appeal Process.

Contact Us

SWD Regulatory: 

Program Manager 469-487-7037

Review Officer 469-487-7061