Clean Water Act Compliance and the Nationwide Permit Program

Lyle Creek WA project

Tierra Senior Biologist and Permits Coordinator Tim Jordan put together this article on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit Program and compliance with the Clean Water Act for the latest issue of the Tierra newsletter. Renewed on a five-year schedule, the last batch of 2012 Nationwide Permits expired in March of 2017. 

Proponents of construction, utility, or development projects that include disturbance within streams, including the typical ephemeral variety found throughout the American Southwest, are required to conduct the stream disturbance in compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972. But what exactly constitutes “stream disturbance,” what exactly is a “stream,” and what specific type of permit is necessary?

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