Aquatic Resources Permitting Team Flier
Aquatic Resources Permitting Team
Office of Environmental Programs
Environmental Assessment & Innovation Division
EPA Region 3
The objective of the Region 3 Aquatic Resources Permitting Team is to uphold the goal of the Clean Water Act: to maintain and enhance the biological, chemical and physical attributes of the nation’s waters within the Region. This is achieved by protecting, preserving and enhancing the aquatic resources within the mid-Atlantic states and by working with our partners in the Army Corps of Engineers, states, and other federal agencies.
Aquatic Resource Facts for Region 3
- More than 3.7 million acres of wetlands
- Over 202,000 miles of streams
- 52% of total stream miles are headwater streams, equaling 106,000 miles
- Roughly 3 million people receive drinking water from small or unmapped streams
What Does the Permitting Team Do?
- Evaluates permit applications to ensure compliance with the §404(b)(1) Guidelines.
- Determines scope of geographic jurisdiction and applicability of exemptions.
- Reviews and comments on individual permit applications.
- Elevates cases through §404(q) or vetoes proposed projects through §404(c).
- Determines boundaries of federally regulated aquatic resources.
- Participates in interagency review teams for mitigation banks.