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In response to COVID-19, staff responsible for administering the Regulatory Program are teleworking from home or other approved location.  All personnel have access to their work email and can be reached through their work telephone number.  For general questions, please email CESPK-regulatory-info@usace.army.mil or call 916-557-5250. 

During this challenging time, we are going to do our best to continue to process permit applications as efficiently and effectively as possible. We expect however that our customers will experience some delays or may otherwise be impacted.  For your situational awareness:

 

  • We are prioritizing requests for permits for public health and safety activities and essential infrastructure projects.
  • Many meetings have been cancelled or rescheduled. Remaining meetings will be done virtually.
  • We will not hold any public outreach meetings, including Regulatory Program Workshops.
  • Site meetings/visits will only be held if necessary for health and safety activities and essential infrastructure projects.
  • Permit applications and other materials sent to us through postal or delivery service may not be reviewed for more than a month.
  • The comment period for public notices is 30 days.
  • New requests for jurisdictional determinations and DA permits should be sent to us electronically at SPKRegulatoryMailbox@usace.army.mil.  Information on submitting documents electronically can be found at https://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Portals/12/documents/regulatory/references/SubmittingElectronicRequestInstructions.pdf?ver=2019-03-29-160209-860

 

Questions about the Regulatory Program or 408 Program?

Call:  (916) 557-5250

Email: CESPK-REGULATORY-INFO@usace.army.mil

WE ARE PAPERLESS

We accept all documents, including permit application materials and requests for jurisdictional determinations, in digital format. Instructions here.  Please submit documents to your project manager.  If you have a new request or do not know your project manager, send it to SPKRegulatoryMailbox@usace.army.mil

 

 

Instructions for submitting requests electronically

General questions and inquiries about the Regulatory Program or 408 Program?

Call: (916) 557-5250

Email: CESPK-REGULATORY-INFO@usace.army.mil

The Regulatory Program

The Department of the Army's Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the federal government. Initially, it served a simple purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation's waters. Changing public needs, evolving policy, court decisions and new statutory mandates have changed several aspects of the program including its breadth, complexity and authority.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through the Regulatory Program, administers and enforces Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under RHA Section 10, a permit is required for work or structures in, over or under navigable waters of the United States. Under CWA Section 404, a permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Many waterbodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the United States and are subject to the Corps' regulatory authority.

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

Latest News

  • May 21, 2020 - 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.

  • April 21, 2020 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that defines “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and clarifies the limits of federal control under the Clean Water Act. This rule and existing state, local, and tribal regulations and programs will provide a network of coverage for the nation’s water resources in accordance with the objective and policies of the Clean Water Act. The rule will be effective June 22, 2020.  More information on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule is available at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr/navigable-waters-protection-rule-step-two-revise.

  • January 28, 2020 - The Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Policy and Legislation) rescinded the February 25, 2005 joint memorandum which provided guidance to the field staff of the NRCS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on conducting wetland determinations for purposes of the Food Security Act of 1985 (FSA) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rescission does not alter the roles or responsibilities of the Agencies under their respective statutory and regulatory authorities. The Agencies will continue their practice of informing landowners that wetland delineations (performed by the Corps) and determinations (performed by the NRCS) may not be valid for FSA or CWA requirements, respectively. Additionally, the rescission does not affect the Agencies' commitment to administering their respective wetlands programs in a manner that seeks to avoid duplication between the programs and minimizes the impacts on affected landowners, while recognizing the inherent differences in the purpose and statutory language of those laws. The Agencies intend to issue new guidance on this topic in the near future.

  • January 1, 2019, Sacramento District has gone paperless.  Instructions are here.

 

 

Contact Your Local Office 

Sacramento District HQ Office
1325 J Street, Room 1350
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 557-5250
Fax: (916) 557-7803
Email: cespk-regulatory-info@usace.army.mil

Our Commitment to Public Service

Public Service is a Public Trust. We, as Corps Regulators, Must Earn This Trust, and to Keep This Trust, We Must Conduct Ourselves in a Manner That Reflects the Following Principles:

Professional - We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner in dealings with all our customers, including applicants, violators, agencies, interest groups and the general public.

Fair and Reasonable - We will be open-minded, impartial, and consistent in our interactions with all our customers to ensure all actions and decisions are free from bias and are not arbitrary or capricious. Customers will be treated equally and with tolerance.

Knowledgeable - We will remain knowledgeable of applicable laws, regulations, and scientific and technical advances which affect our program.

Honesty - We will be truthful, straightforward, and candid in all dealings with our customers.

Timeliness - We will strive to provide our customers with timely regulatory responses regardless of whether those responses are favorable or adverse.

Accountability - We will be decisive in all actions and accept responsibility for any of our decisions and resulting consequences. All decisions will be factual and properly documented.

Respect - We will treat our customers with dignity, courtesy, compassion, and sensitivity.