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Regulatory News

20 January 2017 - On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register announcing the reissuance of all 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications from prior versions. The Corps also issued two new NWPs, one new general condition, and five new definitions. The 2017 NWPs will go into effect on March 19, 2017, and will expire on March 18, 2022.

The Federal Register notice is available for viewing at the Tulsa District Office located at 1645 South 101st East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma or on the Internet at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits/NationwidePermits.aspx. As an alternative, interested parties can access the January 6, 2017, final rule that was published in the Federal Register through the U.S. Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR.

The Corps has also issued final decision documents for the new and reissued NWPs. These documents are available at www.regulations.gov at docket number COE-2015-0017. Furthermore, the national NWP decision documents will be supplemented by Division Engineers to address decisions concerning the addition of regional conditions to the NWPs.

6 June 2016 - On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register its proposal to reissue the 50 existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) and issue 2 new NWPs.

The Federal Register notice is the public’s opportunity to comment on the proposed NWPs, general conditions, and definitions. Comments on national issues relating to these NWPs should be submitted, identified as docket number COE-2015-0017, by any of the following methods: at www.regulations.gov, by email to NWP2017@usace.army.mil, or by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: CECW-CO-R, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20314-1000. Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the June 1, 2016, Federal Register notice. Comments on the proposed NWPs are due by August 1, 2016.

Below is the current link we have on our web site regarding the 2017 NWP's.  


23 October 2015 - On September 25, 2015, the Corps of Engineers approved the Terra Foundation ILF Stream & Wetland Mitigation Program for use within the State of Oklahoma.  The ILF will be available in the following HUC watersheds (Service Areas):  11090202 (Canadian B), 1109203 (Canadian C), 11100302 (Beaver/North Canadian D), 11100303 (Beaver North Canadian E), 11110101 (Lower Arkansas), and 11110102 (Lower Arkansas B).  For additional information, concerning the Terra Foundation ILF the following website is available: http://www.swt.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Mitigation.aspx

9 October 2015 - The Sixth Circuit issued an order staying the new Clean Water Rule nationwide, pending a determination by the court on jurisdiction to review the rule. Thus, the Clean Water Rule is stayed, and the prior 1986 regulations are in effect nationwide. USACE and EPA are evaluating the order and its implications for the litigation that is currently pending in district courts. In the meantime, USACE is not implementing the Clean Water Rule, and is using the 1986 regulations and applicable guidance (those in effect prior to August 28, 2015) in making jurisdictional determinations or taking other actions based on the definition of "waters of the United States.  For the latest information visit: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits/juris_info.aspx

29 June 2015 - The Clean Water Rule has been published in Federal Register Notice as the final rule.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have published a  final rule defining the scope of waters  protected under the Clean Water Act  (CWA or the Act), in light of the statute, science, Supreme Court decisions in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview Homes, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos), and the agencies’ experience and technical expertise. This final rule reflects consideration of the extensive public comments received on the proposed rule. The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the Act.This rule is effective on August 28, 2015. For the latest FRN go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-29 (starting on page 37054).

For a summary or supplemental information of the Clean Water Act you can also visit http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule.

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 Rule.

For the latest news go to: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits.aspx.


Regulatory Program Overview

The mission of the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program is to protect 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. Corps permits are also necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the nation’s navigable waters.

The Corps balances the reasonably foreseeable benefits and detriments of proposed projects, and makes permit decisions that recognize the essential values of the nation's aquatic ecosystems to the general public, as well as the property rights of private citizens who want to use their land. During the permit process, the Corps considers the views of other federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and the general public.

The results of this careful public interest review are fair and equitable decisions that allow reasonable use of private property, infrastructure development, and growth of the economy, while offsetting the authorized impacts to the waters of the U.S. Unavoidable adverse impacts to the aquatic environment are offset by mitigation requirements, which may include restoring, enhancing, creating, and preserving aquatic functions and values. The Corps strives to make its permit decisions in a timely manner.

Our Commitment to Public Service

Public service is a public trust. We, as Corps regulators, must earn this trust, and to keep this trust, we must conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects the following principles:

PROFESSIONAL - We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner in dealings with all our customers, including applicants, violators, agencies, interest groups and the general public.

FAIR AND REASONABLE - We will be open-minded, impartial, and consistent in our interactions with all our customers to ensure all actions and decisions are free from bias and are not arbitrary or capricious. Customers will be treated equally and with tolerance.

KNOWLEDGEABLE - We will remain knowledgeable of applicable laws, regulations, and scientific and technical advances which affect our program.

HONESTY - We will be truthful, straightforward, and candid in all dealings with our customers.

TIMELINESS - We will strive to provide our customers with timely regulatory responses regardless of whether those responses are favorable or adverse.

ACCOUNTABILITY - We will be decisive in all actions and accept responsibility for any of our decisions and resulting consequences. All decisions will be factual and properly documented.

RESPECT - We will treat our customers with dignity, courtesy, compassion, and sensitivity.

"Value to the Nation"

"Regulatory Program Value to the Nation" is a brochure which describes how the Corps of Engineers applies the nation's clean water laws and regulations to ensure that environmental impacts on aquatic resources are avoided, minimized, or mitigated. The Corps of Engineers is dedicated to protecting the nation's aquatic resources while allowing reasonable and necessary development.


Provisions written in three federal laws give responsibility to the Corps of Engineers to assess and control the impacts of human activities within specific water resource areas in the United States:

Congress' objective is to protect waterway navigation and the quality of surface water and ocean habitat. Two of these laws are applicable to the Tulsa District -- the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act. Additional clarification of these authorities is provided in the program's implementing regulations (33 CFR 320-332).