Vicksburg, Miss……Michael P. Miller, senior environmental protection specialist, Regulatory Branch, of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District, was presented the prestigious Larry N. Harper Regulator of the Year Award for his outstanding service and support to the Vicksburg District Regulatory Branch. The annual award is presented on Earth Day in recognition of the Regulatory team’s efforts in protecting the Nation’s aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible, and balanced permit decisions.
The award recognizes the regulator who exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. The annual Larry N. Harper Award was first presented in 2008 as a means of celebrating Earth Day and honoring a highly respected former member of the Corps regulatory team.
Miller is a native of Wappapello Lake, Missouri and began his career with the Vicksburg District in the Engineering Services Branch in 1988. He transferred in 1998 to the Regulatory Branch’s Permit Section as a permit evaluator.
The Vicksburg District Regulatory team reviews thousands of requests for jurisdictional determinations and subsequent permit applications under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act established a program to regulate the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was assigned the responsibility of administering the day-to-day program activities such as completing jurisdictional determinations, evaluating permit applications, and assuring enforcement and compliance.
Release no. 13-040