Section 404 of the Clean Water Act: Permitting Discharges of Dredge or Fill Material
Laws and Regulations
Congress passes laws that authorize EPA and other federal agencies to write rules and regulations that explain the critical details needed to implement environmental laws. Learn about the Clean Water Act and other laws and regulations.
EPA and the Department of the Army have revised the definition of “waters of the United States.” Learn more about the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
The Army Corps of Engineers issues permits that are needed for any work, including construction and dredging, in the nation’s navigable waters. Learn about the CWA Section 404 permit program.
Wetlands and streams provide important environmental functions including protecting and improving water quality and providing habitat to fish and wildlife. Learn about mitigation projects that offset adverse environmental impacts.