Regulatory Announcements

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency jointly announce the availability of the Interim Draft of the National Ordinary High Water Mark Field Delineation Manual for Rivers and Streams (National OHWM Manual) and are soliciting public comments on this Interim Draft.

The method, data forms, and training opportunities are available at:  For additional information on the development of regional Streamflow Duration Assessment Methods for nationwide coverage, see: .

Written comments may be submitted via email to or by hard copy to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-CO-R, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a final rule in the Federal Register that reissues 40 nationwide permits and issues one new nationwide permit for work in wetlands and other waters that are regulated by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The final rule was published in the Federal Register today. The final rule is available at: and the decision documents for these nationwide permits are available at (docket number COE-2020-0002).

Kansas City District, Regulatory Branch has executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) between the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to streamline the Section 106 consultation and compliance process under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for proposed adverse effects to historic bridge and culvert structures requiring Department of the Army permit authorization where the Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency.  The PA is intended to better serve the regulated community by providing a clear and consistent process for DA permit applicants to plan and carryout project delivery, while insuring that sufficient thematic exemplars of historic bridge and culvert structures across Kansas are preserved and/or documented for future generations.

Kansas Programmatic Agreement

The Kansas City District, Regulatory Branch, announced today new procedures for electronic requests and applications.  Details are below.

The  Kansas City District, Regulatory Branch has developed the following procedure, effective immediately, for receiving electronically submitted requests and applications.  This effort will improve our efficiency, reduce our environmental footprint and address our stakeholders preferred correspondence method.  Electronic requests may include permit applications, jurisdictional determination requests, agency requests, etc.

  1. To submit applications or other requests electronically, all documents must be saved, scanned, or "printed" as a PDF document then submitted as an attachment in an email to the appropriate office.  Please also note that all forms that require signature must be digitally signed or signed manually, scanned and then sent electronically.
  2. Subject Line – All emails should use the subject line format of: State, County, type of request, and Corps project number (if already assigned).
  3. The electronic application and attached documents must not exceed 10 megabytes (10MB). Electronic documents must have sufficient resolution to show project details and must be sized correctly to be printed on standard 8.5x11 paper.  The Project Manager (PM) assigned to your request may request that you send paper documents and plans.

Please refer to this weblink for our Service Area Map showing our regulatory office locations:

All new project related documents (permit applications, aquatic resource delineations, jurisdictional determinations, agency requests, etc.) should be submitted electronically to the appropriate field office email address identified below.  Existing, current project actions with a PM and project number already assigned, should be emailed directly to the PM.

Kansas City Regulatory Office -

Missouri State Regulatory Office -

Kansas State Regulatory Office -

Kanopolis Regulatory Satellite Office -

Regulatory Branch Contacts:

For additional information about the Kansas City District, Regulatory Branch, please visit

Office Closures during the COVID19 event:  Regulatory Program offices are closed to unscheduled visitors during the COVID19 event.  Regulatory staff remain available via telephone and email per the contact list linked above.


Regulatory Branch

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.

The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities in the Nation's waters, including wetlands.


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