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Regulatory News

24 March 2021 - Public comment period on National Wetland Plant List for 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as part of an interagency effort is accepting comments on draft changes to the 2020 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The 27 species and their draft 2020 wetland ratings by region, as well as the Federal Register Notice, can be viewed at the NWPL homepage, http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/, under “2020 NWPL Update Information.” A link to provide general or species-specific comments is also available at this location. USACE is also seeking comments regarding the administrative change to the South Pacific Islands subregion and the NWPL update process. Comments will be accepted through May 24, 2021. All submitted comments and information will be compiled and sent to the National Panel for their consideration.

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) at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/13/2021-00102/reissuance-and-modification-of-nationwide-permits.  The 12 reissued and four new 2021 NWPs in the rule are necessary for work in streams, wetlands and other waters of the United States under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.  These 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021 and will expire on March 14, 2026.  The 40 existing NWPs that were not reissued or modified by the January 13, 2021, final rule remain in effect. More information on NWPs can be found at https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/National-Notices-and-Program-Initiatives/.

21 April 2020 - EPA and Army Publish the Navigable Waters Protection Rule The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020. The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states. Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr.

For Jurisdictional information - https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/juris_info/

24 March 2020 - The Tulsa District is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19.  The health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and employees is our highest priority. While many employees are working from remote locations, critical personnel remain in place at our dams, navigation and hydropower facilities. We remain committed to serving the public, however routine responses and coordination with staff and support personnel may experience minor delays. 

During this period, all Regulatory staff are teleworking. To ensure timeliness of your Department of the Army Permit request, you are encouraged to email your requests to ceswt-ro@usace.army.mil in-lieu of traditional mail services.  We thank you in advance.

22 October 2019 - The Final Rule repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule to restore the regulatory regime that existed prior to the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been published.  More Information on the Waters of the US Rule can be found in the Federal Register Notice: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-22/pdf/2019-20550.pdf.  The repeal Rule is effective on December 23, 2019.

3 September 2019 - The DPM designates the District Regulatory Chief or designee as the single point of entry or initial point of contact for inquiries from the regulated public about the Regulatory Program and the Section 408 Program.  The intent is for applicants to receive a response from the SWT that identifies the appropriate POCs from whom the applicant can receive additional information along with clearly defined processes. For more information concerning Section 408 Program, use the following link.

3 July 2019 - The SWT has minimum "Guidelines for Cultural Resources Investigations for Projects in Oklahoma", in which the Regulatory Office is the lead Federal agency.  These guidelines provide requirements for field methodology and reports to be submitted to the Regulatory Office.  This guidelines can be found on the Links Page.

1 July 2019 - In response to the severe flooding and other storm related damages in the Tulsa District, it is anticipated that municipalities and owners of damaged property will want to conduct repair activities in the near future.  A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Section 404 Clean Water Act permit may be required for dredging or placing fill in waters of the United States, including rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, and wetlands.  More information related to Flood Recovery and Repair Activities can be found on the following Link.

Useful Links: https://www.swt.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Links/

 

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.


The Regulatory Customer Service Survey has moved  - https://regulatory.ops.usace.army.mil/customer-service-survey/  

"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.

Authorities

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).