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January 7, 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.

December 11, 2018 - 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.

August 16, 2018 - Rule Status and Litigation Update regarding the Definition of "Waters of the United States"  - all Jurisdictional Determinations in NY and OH are subject to the 2015 Clean Water Rule.  More Information - Click here.

August 15, 2018 - Emergency Regional Permit (RP) 99-000-1 activated for the following counties: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schulyer, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne and Yates Counties. Click HERE for this permit located under 'Types of Permits, Regional General Permit 99-000-1'.

Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) 16-01 regarding "Jurisdictional Determinations"- Click HERE.

Regulatory Around the District

Regulators evaluate soil to determine if they have wetland soil characteristics.
Taking Soil Samples
Regulators evaluate soil to determine if they have wetland soil characteristics.
Corps of Engineers Regulatory observe the removal of grain silo debris from the Buffalo River.
Clearing Fill Materials
Corps of Engineers Regulatory observe the removal of grain silo debris from the Buffalo River.
Regulators inspect ongoing and completed project to ensure compliance with issued permits.
Compliance Inspection
Regulators inspect ongoing and completed project to ensure compliance with issued permits.
Regulators perform onsite inspections before, during and after permitting actions.
Taking It To the Field
Regulators perform onsite inspections before, during and after permitting actions.

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The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest programs in the federal government. Initially, the Regulatory Division (RD) served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation’s waters, under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. In 1972, the Clean Water Act was signed into law, and the Department of the Army was directed to administer Section 404 of the Act, which regulates the discharge of dredged and/or fill material in waters of the United States. In 1977, the Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction was increased to include wetlands as part of the Waters of the US.  


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