Army Corps seeks public comment on modified permit process for activities in Maryland

Published Nov. 30, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, released for public comment their proposal to issue Maryland State Programmatic General Permit – 6 (MDSPGP-6) Nov. 23, 2020. 

This permit would serve to replace the MDSPGP-5 after it expires on Sept. 30, 2021, would be valid for 5 years, and applies to activities proposed in waters of the United States, including jurisdictional navigable waters, streams, rivers, other open waters and wetlands within Maryland.

The intent of MDSPGP-6 is to provide a streamlined Department of the Army authorization process for certain activities that are similar in nature, have minimal individual and cumulative adverse effects on the aquatic environment, and satisfy other public interest review factors.
It is the responsibility of the USACE Regulatory Program to evaluate applications for Department of the Army permits for any proposed work in waters of the United States, under authorities in Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

The MDSPGP-6 aims to protect aquatic resources within the Army Corps’ jurisdictional authorities in Maryland, improve permit application response time and add a certain degree of predictability to the permit program.

View the proposed PASPGP-6, including the proposed modifications, the issued Public Notice, and information on how to comment 

Comments are requested by Dec. 23, 2020.

Christopher Fincham
Corporate Communications Office

Release no. 20-033