The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, has incorporated preventative measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic at its Regulatory Program offices to minimize potential exposure of Corps personnel, permit applicants and the general public, including limiting some day-to-day operations and postponing Corps-hosted events, office meetings and public engagements.
Regulatory staff continue to process/evaluate permit applications and materials, conduct phone conferences, host or participate in virtual meetings and respond to inquiries by email and telephone. Field visits have been limited to a case-by-case basis.
“Safety is at the forefront of our decision-making,” said Col. John Litz, commander of the Baltimore District. “Our aim is to ensure these changes do not stop us from processing permits for applicants across Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., though some impact is inevitable."
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications, requests for Jurisdictional Determinations, pre-application requests, and other requests electronically to NAB-Regulatory@usace.army.mil. In an effort to facilitate the review of applications and other requests without site visits, applicants are encouraged to submit materials that allow staff to better understand site conditions and project proposals, such as extensive ground photographs, site videos, project plans overlaid on aerial photography, drone footage of the site, and/or other related remote-sensing information.
Under the joint permit processing procedures in Maryland and Pennsylvania, hard copies of applications are typically submitted to the representative state/Commonwealth. The state/Commonwealth reviews the applications and determines if a Corps review is required. If applicants are made aware of the need for a Corps review of the application, it is recommended they submit the application package to the Corps through an email to NAB-Regulatory@usace.army.mil, in order to reduce processing time frames.
For applications with a large number of files, sending more than one email with attachments is fine; however, subject line should identify/reference the additional emails, such as email 1 of 2, etc. For files too large to email, applicants can send an email that describes the proposed project, including the project location to the referenced email address, and additional instructions on submission of application materials will be provided after assignment of the request to a project manager. All application submissions should identify the state/Commonwealth application number and Corps project number, if known, in the subject line of the email. After receipt, a Corps representative will reply with acknowledgement of receipt and provide contact information for Corps staff assigned to the action.
Questions may be directed to the following:
Pennsylvania: Wade B. Chandler, Chief PA Section, 814-235-0572, Wade.B.Chandler@usace.army.mil
Northern Maryland: Joseph DaVia, Chief Maryland North Section, 410-962-5691, Joseph.Davia@usace.army.mil
Southern Maryland: Kathy Anderson, Chief Maryland South Section, 410-962-5690, Kathy.Anderson@usace.army.mil
Additional Regulatory contact information (click).