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Regulatory Division
4155 Clay Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183-3435
Ph: (601) 631-7071
regulatory@usace.army.mil

 

 

List of Consultants

This is a Consultants' List
(environmental / wildlife / wetland / cultural).  This is not an all-inclusive list nor an approved list of consultants.   The Vicksburg District is not endorsing, recommending, or making any judgment on the listed consultants qualifications, experience, or quality of work.  This list is provided as a courtesy to the regulated public and as a starting point for potential applicants who have asked for consultant help in permitting issues.

Welcome to the Vicksburg District Regulatory Division

The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the Federal Government. Initially it served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Time, changing public needs, evolving policy, case law, and new statutory mandates have changed the complexion of the program, adding to its breadth, complexity, and authority. Today, USACE regulates structures and work in navigable waters of the U.S. under Sections 9 and 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, discharges of dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S. (including jurisdictional wetlands) under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and the transportation of dredged material for the purpose of ocean disposal under Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972.

The Corps balances the reasonably foreseeable benefits and detriments of proposed projects, and makes permit decisions that recognize the essential values of the Nation's aquatic ecosystems to the general public, as well as the property rights of private citizens who want to use their land. During the permit process, the Corps considers the views of other Federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and the general public. The results of this careful public interest review are fair and equitable decisions that allow reasonable use of private property, infrastructure development, and growth of the economy, while offsetting the authorized impacts to the waters of the U.S. The Corps strives to make its permit decisions in a timely manner that minimizes impacts to the regulated public.

For projects determined to have unavoidable impacts to waters of the U.S. after an applicant has demonstrated avoidance and minimization to the maximum extent practicable, the Corps may require compensatory mitigation to replace lost aquatic function. Mitigation is frequently provided through a federally-approved compensatory mitigation bank.

Enforcement action may be taken on unauthorized activities in waters of the U.S. and violations of issued permit conditions. The assistance of members of the public and other interested Federal, State and local agencies for reporting a suspected violation is encouraged.

The Vicksburg District Regulatory team continues to work daily to assure that the Nation’s aquatic resources are protected while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible, and balanced permit decisions.

NEWS ANNOUNCEMENTS 

9 June 2021 - EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of Waters of the United States

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army have announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth.  The EPA/Army press release can be accessed here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-army-announce-intent-revise-definition-wotus.  

The agencies’ new regulatory effort will be guided by the following considerations: - Protecting water resources and our communities consistent with the Clean Water Act.
 - The latest science and the effects of climate change on our waters.
 - Emphasizing a rule with a practical implementation approach for state and Tribal partners.
 - Reflecting the experience of and input received from landowners, the agricultural community that fuels and feeds the world, states, Tribes, local governments, community organizations, environmental groups, and disadvantaged communities with environmental justice concerns.

The agencies are committed to meaningful stakeholder engagement to ensure that a revised definition of waters of the United States considers essential clean water protections, as well as how the use of water supports key economic sectors. Further details of the agencies’ plans, including opportunity for public participation, will be conveyed in a forthcoming action. To learn more about the definition of waters of the United States, visit https://www.epa.gov/wotus.

30 July 2021 – EPA and Army Announce Next Steps for Crafting Enduring Definition of Waters of the United States

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) have announced plans for upcoming community engagements to inform their efforts to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). EPA and Army have stated a commitment to developing a reasonable, effective, and durable definition of WOTUS that protects public health, the environment, and downstream communities while supporting economic opportunity, agriculture, and other industries.

EPA and Army are announcing a series of engagement opportunities, including an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to provide written recommendations and a series of public meetings in August to hear perspectives on the rulemaking.

The full announcement can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-announce-next-steps-crafting-enduring-definition-waters-united-states.

For more information on submitting written recommendations or to register for the public meetings, see www.epa.gov/wotus.

3 September 2021 – Current Implementation of Waters of the United States

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are in receipt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s August 30, 2021, order vacating and remanding the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the case of Pascua Yaqui Tribe v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In light of this order, the agencies have halted implementation of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and are interpreting “waters of the United States” consistent with the pre-2015 regulatory regime until further notice. The agencies continue to review the order and consider next steps. This includes working expeditiously to move forward with the rulemakings announced on June 9, 2021, in order to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. The agencies remain committed to crafting a durable definition of “waters of the United States” that is informed by diverse perspectives and based on an inclusive foundation. Additional information is available on EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus/current-implementation-waters-united-states.

 

Service Area


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The Vicksburg District Regulatory Program annually receives over 1,500 requests for pre-application meetings, permits, authorizations, wetland delineations, jurisdictional determinations, and enforcement actions. Click on the interactive map to determine if your proposed project is within our jursidiction. Not the right office? Visit the Mississippi Valley Division or Headquarters for assistance.

News & Announcements

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2018 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-18/pdf/2020-10630.pdf 

The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list is effective as of May 18, 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Completed wetland delineation/determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form.  The final NWPL is available at http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/   State, regional, and national lists can also be downloaded from this site.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020. The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states. Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr.

Effective immediately, the Vicksburg District Regulatory Office is closed to the public to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 for our employees and the public.  Regulatory employees are maximizing the use of telework.  We encourage you to submit applications and/or inquiries to the Regulatory staff via email Regulatory@usace.army.mil. This email inbox is monitored daily. If you know that your application/request has already been assigned to a project manager (PM), please email the PM directly. If you have mailed a request to our office, please note there may be a delay in us receiving the correspondence.

Washington D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced today the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. 

The notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-00791/revised-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states  

The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The publishing of the proposal and outreach efforts were delayed due to the lapse in appropriations for EPA. Today's notice begins a 60-day public comment period that will close on April 15, 2019.

EPA and the Army will hold an informational webcast on February 14, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on February 27-28, 2019.

Information, including supporting analyses and fact sheets, are available at:

* https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise 

* https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule 

EPA and Army Postpone Public Hearing on Proposed New "Waters of the United States" Definition.  Due to the lapse in appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA and the Department of the Army (Army) have postponed the planned January 23 public hearing on the proposed new "Waters of the United States" definition until after appropriations have passed to fund the EPA.  Publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register is also postponed.  Information on the status of the public hearing will be posted on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/epa-and-army-postpone-public-hearing-proposed-new-waters-united-states-definition .

Get answers to your Regulatory questions here.

List of Consultants (listed upon request; not endorsed by this District) 
Federal Regulation
Regulatory Guidance Letters
Navigable Waterways
FEDERAL
Environmental Protection Agency (Clean Water Act, violations & enforcement)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (Coastal Zone Management Program, National Marine Fisheries)
National Park Service (National Register of Historic Places)
National Resource Conservation Service (technical and financial assistance for agricultural community
U.S. Geological Survey (biological resources, maps)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Rare, Threatened, & Endangered Species)
Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
ARKANSAS
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (water quality certification)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (cultural resources) 
MISSISSIPPI 
Mississippi Department of Archives and History (cultural resources)
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (water quality certification)
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (joint permit for coastal counties, general use permits)
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
LOUISIANA 
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (water quality certification)
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Division of Archaeology (cultural resources)