6/29/2015:Announcing the Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States. The effective date for the Clean Water Rule will be 28 Aug 2015.
Federal Register Notice
6/22/2015: 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 Act Rule. Additional information can be found by clicking the link below.
6/22/2015: Posted on South Pacific Divisions page on 2/2/2015: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) are announcing the withdrawal of an interpretive rule addressing the exemption from permitting provided under section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies want to make clear that the statutory exemption of 404(f)(1)(A) still remains available for use when applicable for discharges of dredged and/or fill material associated with normal farming, silviculture, and ranching activities that are part of an established operation and that do not have as their purpose bringing an area of waters of the U.S. into a use to which it was not previously subject, where the flow or circulation of the waters of the U.S. may be impaired or the reach of such waters be reduced (see 33 CFR 323.4 for more information).
Clean Water Act Interpretive Rule For 404(f)(1)(A)
6/22/2015: Posted on South Pacific Divisions page on 12/31/2014:The South Pacific Division has published a notice announcing FINAL Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines to be followed in South Pacific Division’s subordinate districts (Albuquerque, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles districts) regarding procedures for compensatory mitigation as required for processing of Department of the Army (DA) permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act.
Public Notice Final Regional Compensatory Mitigation and Monitoring Guidelines
6/12/2014: On 21 April 2014, the USEPA and the Corps of Engineers (Corps) published for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), in light of the U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos). The public comment period has been extended through October 20, 2014. Comments submitted between the close of the original comment period and October 20, 2014 will be accepted and considered.
Expiration date: 10/20/2014
Public Notice on Proposed Rule Extension Through October 20, 2014
6/11/2014: On 21 April 2014, the USEPA and the Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a Notice of Availability and Public Comment (79 FR 22276) to announce the availability of an interpretive rule regarding the applicability of the exemption from permitting provided under section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of dredged and/or fill material associated with certain agricultural conservation practices based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practice standards that are designed and implemented to protect and enhance water quality. The interpretive rule was effective on April 03, 2014. The public comment period has been reopened through July 07, 2014, in response to stakeholder requests. Comments submitted between the close of the original comment period and the re-opening of this comment period will be accepted and considered.
Expiration date: 7/7/2014
Public Notice on the Clean Water Act Interpretive Rule for 404(f)(1)(A) - Comment Period Reopened Through July 07, 2014
Recent Information regarding 404(f) Exemption