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Regulatory Program Overview

White Oak Bayou

The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources and navigation capacity, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced decisions.  The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the nation's waters, including wetlands. Corps permits are also necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the nation’s navigable waters.

The Corps balances the reasonably foreseeable benefits and detriments of proposed projects, and makes permit decisions that recognize the essential values of the nation's aquatic ecosystems to the general public, as well as the property rights of private citizens who want to use their land. During the permit process, the Corps considers the views of other federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and the general public.

The results of this careful public interest review are fair and equitable decisions that allow reasonable use of private property, infrastructure development, and growth of the economy, while offsetting the authorized impacts to the waters of the U.S. Unavoidable adverse impacts to the aquatic environment are offset by mitigation requirements, which may include restoring, enhancing, creating, and preserving aquatic functions and values. The Corps strives to make its permit decisions in a timely manner.

Regulatory News

22 Jun 2020 – Navigable Waters Protection Rule becomes effective

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR):  Definition of “Waters of the United States” became effective on June 22, 2020 in 49 states and all US territories. A preliminary injunction has been granted for the state of Colorado.  Federal jurisdiction in Colorado will be determined using the 2019 Rule (the recodification of the 1986 Regulations) and associated 2003/2008 (SWANCC/Rapanos) guidance documents.  The NWPR establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act.  The NWPR includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states.  Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr.

18 May 2020 - Army Publish 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) in Federal Register

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2018 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-18/pdf/2020-10630.pdf.

The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list is effective as of May 18, 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Completed wetland delineation/determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form.  The final NWPL is available at http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/.  State, regional, and national lists can also be downloaded from this site.

21 April 2020 - EPA and Army Publish Definition of WOTUS in Federal Register

On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020.

The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states .  Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr .

Corps Headquarters has posted an announcement for the publication of the rule on our Regulatory webpage, at the following locations:

https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/
https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/juris_info/

18 March 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for SWL Regulatory Division

 Effective immediately, the Little Rock District Regulatory Division Offices, including our satellite offices in Walnut Ridge, at the Beaver Lake Project Office, and at the Table Rock Project Office, are closed to the public to help reduce the risk to our employees and to minimize exposure of personnel, Tribes, federal, state, and local stakeholders, and the public.  Regulatory Division employees are maximizing the use of telework.  You can continue to reach the Regulatory Division staff via phone at 501-324-5295, 501-340-1371, or the employees assigned telephone number, or by email CESWL-Regulatory@usace.army.mil.

Regulatory personnel will maximize the use of virtual engagement methods such as using online meeting/collaboration tools, webinars, teleconference, social media, email, regular mail, or other alternative methods.

 

 

Regulatory Pledge

Public service is a public trust.  As Corps Regulators, we must earn this trust, and to keep this trust,  we must conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects the following principles:


PROFESSIONALWe will conduct ourselves in a professional manner in dealings with all our customers, including applicants, violators, agencies, interest groups and the general public.

FAIR AND REASONABLE - We will be open-minded, impartial, and consistent in our interactions with all our customers to ensure all actions and decisions are free from bias and are not arbitrary or capricious. Customers will be treated equally and with tolerance.

KNOWLEDGEABLE - We will remain knowledgeable of applicable laws, regulations, and scientific and technical advances which affect our program.

HONESTY - We will be truthful, straightforward, and candid in all dealings with our customers.

TIMELINESS - We will strive to provide our customers with timely regulatory responses regardless of whether those responses are favorable or adverse.

ACCOUNTABILITY - We will be decisive in all actions and accept responsibility for any of our decisions and resulting consequences. All decisions will be factual and properly documented.

RESPECT - We will treat our customers with dignity, courtesy, compassion, and sensitivity.

Customer Service Survey

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District Regulatory Division is committed to improving service to our customers. Customer service is very important to the Regulatory Division staff in the Little Rock District and the Customer Service Survey Form will allow you to provide us with your input. This survey will be an on-going effort of the Division to assist us in continually improving the level of service to all of our customers. Your input is appreciated - favorable or otherwise. Periodic tabulation of the results of this survey will appear at this same site. At the end of the survey, you will be able to submit the completed form electronically if your browser is Internet Explorer or print out the form and mail it to the address below. Please click the following link to access the form:

National Customer Service Survey 

We hope your experience with the staff in the Division was a positive one. Your issues and concerns are important to me so please take a moment to fill out the survey form. 

For further information or to provide additional comments, please email us at: 

CESWL-Regulatory@usace.army.mil

Or, you can visit or call our offices, located at:

700 W. Capitol (Federal Building)
Room 6323
Little Rock, AR 72201-3221
Office # (501) 324-5295 Fax # (501) 324-6013