The mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Regulatory Program is to protect the nation's aquatic resources and navigable capacity while allowing economic development through fair and balanced decisions.
The USACE permit process is designed to minimize the environmental impact of construction and dredging activities in U.S. waters and to ensure that all such efforts are well thought-out and carefully coordinated.
During the permit process, USACE thoroughly considers the views of other government agencies, interest groups, and the public. USACE also has an effective compliance and enforcement program.
USACE regulatory efforts are designed to protect a wide variety of aquatic resources, including wetlands, rivers, streams, tidal waters, coral reefs, shellfish beds, and the oceans.
The USACE Regulatory Program completes decisions on approximately 76,000 permit-related activities and completes approximately 27,000 jurisdictional determinations annually.
For more information, read our Regulatory Brochure (pdf, 2.95 MB) .