US Army Corps of Engineers
Institute for Water Resources

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Value to the Nation: Regulatory

The mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulatory program is to protect the nation's waters for current and future generations, while also allowing reasonable economic development to occur.

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.

For more information, read our Regulatory Brochure (pdf, 2.95 MB) .

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USACE strives for a fair, flexible, efficient and balanced permit process that protects the nation's aquatic resources while allowing necessary and reasonable development. USACE primarily issues three types of permits: standard, general, and letters of permission. Read more…

The USACE regulatory program enables billions of dollars’ worth of construction and development projects to proceed each year while ensuring that they have minimal impact on the environment. Read more…

A primary goal of the regulatory program is to protect the nation's aquatic resources, particularly wetlands. In some cases, projects will have an unavoidable impact on wetlands. In these instances, USACE requires replacement of the wetlands. Read more…

Martin Ranch

Shortly after Robert Mead purchased Martin Ranch in New Mexico in 2000, a forest fire swept through the ridgeline above the ranch, consuming approximately 29,000 acres of forest. Subsequent storm water runoff carried ash and sediments from the hillsides into Cow Creek and rendered the former trout stream sterile. Read more…

Los Angeles

USACE, the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service agreed to a joint effort to preserve, protect, and restore aquatic resources in the sensitive Morro Bay watershed in central California. Read more…