Regulatory Announcements

 February 13, 2024 -  Availability of the Final 2022 National Wetland Plant List 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, is announcing the availability of the final 2022 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2022 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2024-02-13/pdf/2024-02903.pdf.

The NWPL provides plant species wetland 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 13 February 2024 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. A summary of the 2022 NWPL is provided in the table below.

2022 National Wetland Plant List Updates

Scientific Name Region 2020 Rating 2022 Rating
Isocoma menziesii Arid West FAC FACU
Populus fremontii Arid West FAC FACW
 

Completed wetland delineation/determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form. The final NWPL is available at: https://wetland-plants.sec.usace.army.mil/ (preferred browsers are Chrome and Firefox). Please note that while the web address for the NWPL website has not changed with this update, the website itself has undergone updates to enhance the utility of the NWPL.

Updated versions of the Automated Wetland Determination Data Sheets (ADS), which reflect revisions to the NWPL, can be found at the following link: https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Regulatory-Program-and-Permits/reg_supp/ within the “General Information” dropdown.  More info regarding the ADS and its utility in wetland delineation can be found at the following link: https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/Announcements/Article/2989646/5-april-2022-army-corps-of-engineers-announces-the-release-of-automated-wetland/.

 January 31, 2024 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Launches New  Regulatory Request System

USACE announces the launch of its new Regulatory Request System (RRS). RRS is designed to make the review of permit requests a transparent and efficient process for the public. RRS, currently in a beta version, provides general information on the Regulatory Program and allows the public to submit pre-application meeting requests and jurisdictional determination requests.

Additional capability is scheduled in Spring 2024. This added capability will allow users the ability to electronically submit individual and general permit applications and other necessary information, saving time and reducing the need for paper-based submissions.

RRS will streamline the permit application process and underscores USACE commitment to modernizing our application process, meeting user expectations, and providing a transparent, straightforward process for the timely review of permit requests.

Stay tuned for further updates on the full release of the RRS. Please click on the following link to access RRS: rrs.usace.army.mil

For additional information on or to provide feedback on RRS, please contact the rrs@usace.army.mil.

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: https://www.epa.gov/streamflow-duration-assessment/beta-streamflow-duration-assessment-method-great-plains.  For additional information on the development of regional Streamflow Duration Assessment Methods for nationwide coverage, see: https://www.epa.gov/streamflow-duration-assessment .

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

 March 16, 2020 - New Procedures for Electronic Requests and Application Submittals

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.

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 - Regulatory.KansasCity@usace.army.mil

Missouri State Regulatory Office - Regulatory.MissouriState@usace.army.mil

Kansas State Regulatory Office - Regulatory.KansasState@usace.army.mil

Kanopolis Regulatory Satellite Office - Regulatory.Kanopolis@usace.army.mil

Regulatory Branch Contacts

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For additional information about the Kansas City District, Regulatory Branch, please visit https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory-Branch/

 

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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