U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for
implementing federal laws designed to protect air, water, and land. While this
is done primarily through regulation, the EPA has also developed a wide variety
of funding, planning, and education programs.
Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management
EPA activities which affect wetlands include, but are not limited
to, developing rules to regulate municipal and industrial wastewater discharge,
and stormwater discharge; overseeing drinking water quality; and overseeing
U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers regulatory activities pertaining to wetlands
protection, and dredge and fill activities.
While numerous federal environmental laws guide the EPA's activities pertaining
to wetlands, its primary mandate is provided by the Federal Clean Water Act
(CWA). Section 404 of the CWA establishes a program to regulate the
discharge of dredged and fill material into waters of the United States,
including wetlands. Activities in the program that are regulated under this
program include fill for development, water resource projects (such as dams and
levees), infrastructure development (such as highways and airports), and
conversion of wetlands to uplands for farming and forestry.
For more information on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contact:
OFFICE OF WETLANDS, OCEANS, AND WATERSHEDS/WETLANDS DIVISION
John Meagher, Director (202)260-7991
Phil Oshida, Acting Deputy Director, (202)260-7991
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460
REGION IX; CA, NV, AZ, HI, PACIFIC ISLANDS
Alexis Strauss, Water Division Director, (415)947-8707
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
This file last modified on: Wednesday, February 20, 2002.
Document URL: http://ceres.ca.gov/wetlands/agencies/epa.html
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