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Some state Regulatory offices to close during government shutdown

Published Oct. 15, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District Regulatory offices in Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are closing due to the absence of available federal funding. 

The Denver Regulatory Office in Colorado remains open to address questions and permitting issues related to the recent flooding and can be contacted at (303) 979-4120. Non-flood related permitting activity cannot take place during the government shutdown.

Non-emergency regulatory functions will be suspended including evaluating individual permit applications, pre-construction notifications for nationwide permits or regional general permit authorizations, or requests for jurisdictional determinations until after current year funding is received and the offices reopen. 

During this time, outside of the State of Colorado, should an emergency activity need to be conducted in waters or wetlands requiring a Department of the Army authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, please call (402) 995-2451.

Those applying for nationwide permit authorizations are reminded that proposed activities requiring pre-construction notifications must wait 45 days before beginning the activity. Please note that certain notifications require a written response from the Corps prior to the start of the permit activity. More nationwide permit information can be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/RegulatoryProgramandPermits/NationwidePermits.aspx

Prospective applicants should ensure proposed activities comply with all nationwide permit terms and conditions, including regional conditions. Applicants must also obtain other required authorizations, such as Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification or waiver if the proposed activity involves a discharge into waters of the United States.

Regional conditions that have been imposed on the 2012 nationwide permits are provided online at each state’s Regulatory office Web site. 

Omaha District Public Affairs Office
Martha Chieply

Release no. 20131015-002