U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) provides design and engineering services, and construction support for a variety of military and civilian projects world wide. One of the Army Corps' primary civil roles is to manage the nation's waterways and wetlands. The Army Corps activities include, but are not limited to, constructing projects approved by Congress for flood
control, commercial navigation, or shipping channel maintenance; emergency
response to natural disasters; operating and maintaining flood control
reservoirs and public reclamation facilities; and regulating activities in
wetlands including issuing dredge and fill permits and authorizing the
establishment of wetland areas.
Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management
The regulatory branch of the Army Corps is responsible for implementing and
enforcing §404 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 Code of
Federal Regulations parts 320 to 330). Army Corps regulations require that any
activity which discharges fill material and/or requires excavation in "waters
of the United States" (see below), including wetlands, requires a §404 permit. As part of the permit process, mitigation for unavoidable impacts
to wetlands are usually required for affected. Mitigation can be in the form
of wetland restoration, creation, enhancement, or preservation.
The Army Corps' regulatory authority is contained within §404 of the
CWA. Army Corps jurisdiction is over "waters of the United States" which is
defined at 33 Code of Federal Regulations 328.3 as (1) all navigable waters and
their tributaries; (2) all interstate waters and their tributaries; (3) all
other waters, the use, degradation, or destruction of which could affect
interstate commerce; (4) all water impoundments; (5) territorial seas; and (6)
wetland adjacent to waters identified above.
For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT
Calvin Fong, Chief, Regulatory Branch, (415)977-8461, email@example.com
San Francisco District (SPN-CO-R)
333 Market Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-2197
LOS ANGELES DISTRICT
Regulatory Branch, (213)452-3425
Los Angeles District (SPL-CO-R)
911 Wilshire Boulevard
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053
Art Champ, Chief, Regulatory Branch, (916)557-5250, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento District (CESPK-CO-R)
1325 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2922
This file last modified on: Friday, June 7, 2002.
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