Mid-Atlantic Wetland Permit Reviews
- Wetlands Policy & Technical Guidance Documents
- Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits (PDF) (53pp, 513K, About PDF)
- Compensatory Mitigation
- Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory Program and Permits
- Army Corps of Engineers - North Atlantic Division
- Army Corps of Engineers - Great Lakes Division
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act regulates the placement of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is the agency responsible for the processing and issuing of permits for proposed projects that will impact waters of the United States, including wetlands. EPA works in conjunction with the Corps by reviewing proposed projects and providing comments. In addition, EPA has primary oversight of the permit program. EPA has established guidelines, known as the Section 404(b)(1) guidelines (PDF) (54 pp, 304K, About PDF), which provide criteria which must be met for a proposed project to receive a permit.
In order to reduce the regulatory burden and the duplication of effort, and streamline the permit process, EPA and the Corps work together with the states. As you can see from the table below, some states contain more than one of the Army Corps of Engineers districts. In addition to the Corps and the states, we also work closely with other federal agencies involved in permit review, such as the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Nationwide Permits are issued by the Army Corps of Engineers.
General Permits (SPGP)
are issued by each Corps District and authorize states to manage specified activities in the permitting process. This approach is designed to reduce duplication of review and streamline the process. Often the SPGP replace some of the Nationwide Permits in a state since they offer a more simplified and streamlined regulatory process. In the mid-Atlantic Region Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia have approved SPGP programs. West Virginia has a proposed system, not yet approved.
|District of Columbia||Baltimore||
MDSPGP-4 (PDF) (72 pp, 1.4MB )
PASPGP-4 (PDF) (39 pp, 228K)
12-SPGP-01 (PDF)(17 pp, 1.1MB)
No - proposed
|* Lead District for development of regulatory policy, regional permits, and state-specific conditions for Nationwide Permits.|
The Army Corps of Engineers issues the public notices for wetlands permits. The permit review process starts when the Corps publishes the public notice. The public notice period can be 15 days to 30 days.
- Army Corps of Engineers Public Notices
EPA issues the public notices for wetlands enforcement actions only.