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The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the federal government. Initially, the Regulatory Program's purpose was fairly simple and straightforward: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the nation’s waters under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

In 1972, the Clean Water Act was signed into law, and the Army was directed to administer Section 404 of the Act, which regulates the discharge of dredged material, fill material or both into waters of the United States. In 1977, the Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction was increased to include wetlands as part of the waters of the United States.

Every year, Texans begin work on numerous construction projects that could potentially impact the state’s rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources. Many of these projects have tremendous value for individuals, communities and the economy.

Through the Regulatory Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ensures that environmental impacts on aquatic resources from these projects are avoided, minimized and mitigated. Our mission in the Fort Worth District is to serve the public interest in the state, providing responsive, quality service by balancing protection and reasonable use of aquatic resources through professional administration of the Regulatory Program.

The Fort Worth District is dedicated to protecting Texas waters while allowing reasonable and necessary development to move forward. The Corps asks for your help in spreading the word to others about the permit requirements outlined here and solicits your views on better ways of attaining the goals of this program.  

Your  understanding and support is vital to the success of the program. We must work together to protect Texas water resources, ensuring their use and enjoyment for future generations, while enabling responsible development.

Here is a link to our Fort Worth District video Fort Worth Proud celebrating our District's 68th anniversary.

Special Notices

11 December 2018 - EPA and Army Propose New "Waters of the United States" Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have proposed a new definition of "waters of the United States" that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  The agencies' proposal is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule."  The agencies will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on January 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on January 23, 2019.  More information including a pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise and https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule

 

14 November, 2018 - Surface Coal Mining Activities - Special Public Notice

19 October, 2018-Flood Recovery and Repair Activities-Special Public Notice-In response to the severe flooding and other storm related damages in the Fort Worth District. Municipalities and owners of damaged property wanting to conduct repair activities resulting in dredging or placing fill in waters of the United States, including rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, and wetlands should review the public notice. Many of the permits have scopes of work and thresholds which allow you to accomplish your project without delay or waiting for an authorization.

October 2018 The National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils has updated the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States to version 8.2 in electronic format at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs142p2_053171.pdf For more information regarding hydric soils, go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/use/hydric/

2 October, 2018-Regulatory Guidance Letter 18-01
(Compensatory mitigation credits for removal of obsolete dams and other structures from rivers and streams)
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works has announced the issuance of the USACE Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) 18-01. This RGL provides guidance to USACE district engineers on the factors they should consider when determining the amount of compensatory mitigation credit generated from the removal of obsolete dams or other structures to restore rivers and streams.

12 September, 2018- "Waters of the United States" Status and Litigation Update

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, on 12 September 2018, granted a preliminary injunction of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The USACE Districts in those three states are operating under the 1986 regulations along with the 2003/2008 guidance documents. (Case 3:15-cv-00162 Document 140 filed in TXSD on 12 Sep, 2018)

19 September, 2017 - Proposed Revised LOP-3 Surface Coal Mining Activities

28 July, 2017 - Special Public Notice for the Proposed Regional Condition for NWP 12

The 2017 Nationwide Permits are in Effect on 19 March, 2017.

29 March, 2017 - Special Public Notice for the SWF 2017 NWP Regional Conditions

12 January, 2017 - Public Notice Announcing the Federal Register Notice of the Reissuance of the Nationwide Permits

On 6 January, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published the notice in the Federal Register announcing the reissuance of all 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions with some modifications. The Corps also issued two new NWPs, one new general condition, and five new definitions. The 2017 NWPs became effective March 19, 2017, and will expire on March 18, 2022.

The current NWP's can be found at Federal Register

12 January, 2017

31 October, 2016 -  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the issuance of a new Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) 16-01 regarding "Jurisdictional Determinations." The RGL explains the differences between approved and preliminary jurisdictional determinations (JDs) and provides guidance to the field and the regulated public on when it may be appropriate to issue an AJD as opposed to a PJD, or when it may be appropriate to not prepare any JD whatsoever. The Corps reaffirms its commitment to continue its practice of providing JDs when requested to do so, consistent with the guidance in the RGL. The RGL is available here and a set of Questions and Answers and other supporting information can be found here.

Enforcement Actions:

On 6 June, 2016, the USEPA signed an Administrative Order to Chesapeake Operating, LLC citing violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the dredged and fill activities involving wetlands and an intermittent stream just west of Crystal City, Zavala County, Texas. A Consent on Agreement and Final Order between EPA and Chesapeake Operating, LLC to settle violation of Section 301(a) of the Act resulted in a $9,000 civil penalty. Chesapeake Operating, LLC, will also restore the functions of the wetland and stream. The work was discovered by the Fort Worth Regulatory Branch and referred to USEPA.

On 18 March, 2015, the USEPA signed a Consent Agreement and Final Order with CTMGT Tuberville, LLC assessing a Class I civil penalty of $4,500 under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for unauthorized work and a violation of permit conditions on a subdivision in Denton, Texas.   The work was discovered by the Regulatory Branch and referred to USEPA as a knowing and willful violation.   In addition to the fine, the permittee was ordered to restore the area within permit conditions. 

 

Regulatory Program Introduction

Regulatory Program Frequently Asked Questions

Delineations and Jurisdictional Determinations (JDs)     

Regulated Activities Defined

    Permitting

Technical and Biological Information

Appeals

Projects of Interest    

Compliance and Enforcement-Reporting Unauthorized Activities   

Permit Applicant Training Presentations

 

Regulatory Automated Tools System (RATS)
Regulatory's Automated
Tools System (RATS)

The animal depicted on this page is a regulatory swamp rat, Oryzomys regulatorius. It is the ultimate wetland specialist, at home in the playa lakes of west Texas as well as the big thicket in east Texas. Much like the Regulatory staff, it is a hardy and resourceful species that adapts to the situation.

Contact Information

Regulatory Division
(
CESWF-DE-R)
Fort Worth District (Map)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
819 Taylor Street, Room 3A37
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-0300

Contact the Regulator of the Day at  (817) 886-1731 for general questions, permit status, or other requests.