Did You Know that Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permits Expire in March?


All Nationwide Permits (NWPs) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for work in wetlands and other waters that are regulated by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 will expire on March 18, 2012. In the past, there has been considerable delay between the expiration of NWPs and the issuance of new NWPs, as Regional Conditions are finalized. What this means it that there may be a period where you cannot obtain a permit from ACOE. To avoid project delays during the potential lag period, we recommend taking the appropriate steps to obtain your NWPs prior to the expiration and to qualify for a 1-year time extension.

  • If impacts to wetlands or streams are planned to occur prior to summer 2012, then you should get your applications in prior to February 1st.
  • You can obtain a 1-year time extension for your project if construction will not be complete by March 18, 2012, if construction has commenced or the site work is under contract to commence prior to this date. Requests for extensions should be submitted well ahead of March 18th. .

ECORP has the staff and expertise to help you through the regulatory process. For assistance with permitting for your project, please contact one of ECORPís regional regulatory specialists below:

For More Information, Contact:

Scott Taylor
Southern California/Inland Deserts
(909) 307-0046

Margaret Bornyasz
Southern California/South Coast
(858) 279-4040