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Regulatory Overview

The mission of the U.S. Army 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 has been regulating activities in the nation's waters since 1890. The program was initially created solely to prevent obstructions to navigation, although an early 20th century law gave the Corps regulatory authority over the dumping of trash and sewage. The passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 greatly broadened this role by giving the Corps authority over dredging and filling in the "waters of the United States," including many wetlands.

          
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Regulatory Latest News

March 21, 2019 - Upcoming Aquaculture Workshop
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Regulatory Branch, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Aquaculture and Industry Enhancement Division, is hosting a virtual workshop March 21, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. In close partnership with Maryland DNR, our Regulatory Program authorizes shellfish aquaculture projects in the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Bays and their tidal tributaries in Maryland.

This workshop is aligned with ongoing efforts to provide the regulated public with information regarding the permit application/leasing process, key considerations when developing a shellfish aquaculture project, pre-construction notification requirements, siting and navigation considerations, compliance with permit conditions, and coordination with adjacent property owners. The workshop will also provide a venue for comments and feedback for consideration by the Corps and DNR about the shellfish aquaculture/leasing process.

While the workshop will be virtual, information presented will be streamed at two physical locations: the Maryland DNR Tawes State Office Building (conference room #1, main floor in lobby) in Annapolis, and at the Corps Easton Field Office in the Talbot Town Shopping Center. Space is limited for the Easton location, so please notify us in advance to reserve a space.

Webinar details if logging in from home or elsewhere:

Join Webex meeting: https://usace.webex.com/usace/j.php?MTID=m84ca88d7f1673a70309b764d2a7b6872

Meeting number: 964 903 769    

Meeting password: 1234

For the audio:

1-888-557-8511 Call-in toll-free number (ATT Audio Conference)

Access Code: 963 360 1

Contact Mr. Woody Francis by phone at 410-935-3921 or by e-mail at woody.francis@usace.army.mil to reserve a space for the Easton office location or if you have any questions.

Feb. 14, 2019 - EPA and Army publish proposed revised "Waters of the United States"
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act (click to view). The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The publishing of the proposal and outreach efforts were delayed due to the lapse in appropriations for EPA. This notice marks the start of a 60-day public comment period that will close April 15, 2019. EPA and the Army will hold an informational webcast Feb. 14, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, Kansas, Feb. 27-28, 2019. View further information on supporting analyses and fact sheets (click to view). 

Jan. 7, 2019 - EPA and Army Postpone Public Hearing on Proposed New "Waters of the United States" Definition Due to the Lapse in Appropriations for EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army have postponed the planned January 23 public hearing on the proposed new "Waters of the United States" definition until after appropriations have passed to fund the EPA. Publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register is also postponed. Information on the status of the public hearing will be posted on the EPA website.

Dec. 11, 2018 - EPA and Army Propose New "Waters of the United States" Definition 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "Waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast Jan. 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, Kansas, Jan. 23, 2019. More information including a pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule. View more information on jurisdictional determinations (click to view).

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