2 November 2021 - 2020 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 2020 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2020 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/11/02/2021-23891/national-wetland-plant-list
8 September 2021-Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) vacated- In accordance with a 2 September 2021 directive from the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the Corps has resumed conducting approved jurisdictional determinations (AJDs) nationwide, consistent with the pre-2015 waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulatory regime. The pre-2015 WOTUS regulatory regime is the 1986 WOTUS regulation, as informed by the 2003 SWANCC and 2008 Rapanos Guidance documents. Any AJDs completed on or after 3 September 2021 will need to be completed in accordance with the pre-2015 WOTUS regulatory regime.
13 January 2021- Reissuance and Modification of Nationwide Permits (2021 NWP Final Rule)- Nationwide Permits (NWPs) authorize certain activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The NWPs help protect the aquatic environment and the public interest by providing incentives to reduce impacts on jurisdictional waters and wetlands while effectively authorizing activities that have no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental effects. In this final rule, the Corps is reissuing and modifying 12 existing NWPs and issuing four new NWPs. For these 16 NWPs, the Corps is also reissuing and modifying the NWP general conditions and definitions. The Corps is not reissuing or modifying the remaining 40 existing NWPs or finalizing proposed new NWP E at this time. Those 40 remaining NWPs continue to be in effect under the January 6, 2017, final rule and the existing general conditions and definitions in the 2017 final rule continue to apply to those permits. 2021 NWP Final Rule PDF.