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Corps' Proposed Nationwide Permits Rollback Water Protections


On September 15, the Corps of Engineers published its Proposal To Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits to revise and replace 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWPs), two years before the permits must be reissued under the Clean Water Act. NWPs are general permits that are to be issued only for activities that "have no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental impacts." The proposed new NWPs would significantly roll back important protections, including by removing restrictions on the extent of impacts allowed and by allowing more activities to move forward under nationwide permits. This would mean that more activities would move forward without going through an assessment of impacts.

Among other changes, the proposal would remove the existing 300-linear-foot limit for impacts to streams from covered mining, commercial and institutional development, agriculture, and several other types of activities. This change would be especially harmful for smaller streams. The proposal's changes also include:  (1) changes to existing NWPs for maintenance activities, utility line and oil or natural gas pipeline activities, hydropower, surface coal mining, commercial shellfish activities; (2) creation of new NWPs for seaweed and finfish mariculture, electric utility line and telecommunications activities, water reclamation and reuse facilities; and (3) changes to conditions that apply to all NWPs (General Conditions) regarding temporary structures and fills, tribal rights, endangered species, migratory birds and bald and golden eagles, mitigation, water quality, and coastal zone management.

We strongly encourage WPN Members to submit comments on the proposal before the November 16th public comment deadline. Please stay tuned for more developments, including a likely WPN sign-on letter highlighting key issues of concern.

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National Environmental Policy Act Update

On September 14, the Trump administration's new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule - which drastically undermines critical environmental and public health protections provided by NEPA - went into effect. These changes eviscerate the public’s right to be heard and jettison the requirement for science-based decision-making. We understand that at least some agencies may be opting not to implement the new NEPA regulations from the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) until they update their individual agency's NEPA regulations. Meanwhile, several lawsuits against the rule are ongoing, including those brought by 27 state and municipal plaintiffs and by three nationwide coalitions including WPN members Alabama Rivers Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, NRDC, Ocean Conservancy, Sierra Club, South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

Also on September 14, CEQ issued updated guidance to federal agencies on environmental review of proposed emergency response actions under NEPA. NEPA already provides for alternative arrangements for compliance when circumstances require immediate action to secure the lives and safety of people, and most agencies have regulations that explicitly outline the NEPA procedures to be used when responding to emergencies.

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Other Selected News & Resources


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Recent Public Notices

This is a non-comprehensive list of Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. Please visit, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for additional public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted to the Corps by WPN members.

Corps of Engineers Notices

Other Agency Notices
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