Enforcement in New England
Wetlands Enforcement Program
EPA-New England enforces against violations of federal wetland laws found in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA prohibits the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the U.S. (including most wetlands) without a valid Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is responsible for accepting applications for and issuing or denying Section 404 permits, while EPA reviews and comments to the Corps on the applications received. Both agencies, however, share enforcement responsibilities under the CWA, which provides administrative and judicial penalties for violations.
Here at Region 1, we emphasize compliance through outreach and education. We work with businesses and individuals to ensure that they are aware of proper procedures such as those regarding environmentally safe practices and the obtaining of permits. Our Wetlands Enforcement Program responds to tips and complaints from citizens as well as referrals from local, state and other federal agencies.