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Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

How do I report a suspected violation?

To report what appears to you as a possible wetland violation click here to contact your Section 404 Regional regulatory authority.

EPA's Section 404 enforcement program has three goals: protect the environment and human health and safety, deter violations, and treat the regulated community fairly and equitably. EPA's enforcement program achieves these goals through voluntary compliance and by using the enforcement tools provided under Sections 309 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Section 404 violations fall into two broad categories:

In 1989, EPA and the Corps entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on enforcement to ensure efficient and effective implementation of this shared authority. Under the MOA, the Corps, as the Federal agency that issues permits, has the lead on Corp-issued permit violation cases. For unpermitted discharges, EPA and the Corps determine the appropriate lead agency based on criteria in the MOA.

To report possible violation of other environmental laws or regulations click here. Your tip or complaint will be forwarded to EPA environmental enforcement personnel or to the appropriate regulatory authority.