The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2018 NWPL update can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-18/pdf/2020-10630.pdf.
The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list is effective as of May 18, 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Completed wetland delineation/determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form. The final NWPL is available at http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/. State, regional, and national lists can also be downloaded from this site.
On April 21, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” was published in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the scope of federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters and provides specific exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated. The final rule will become effective on June 22, 2020. The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250. The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states . Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr .
Corps Headquarters has posted an announcement for the publication of the rule on our Regulatory webpage, at the following locations:
To provide for the safety of our staff, all Regulatory Personnel in Savannah District will be in a telework status for at least the next three weeks (through April 3, 2020). Any previously scheduled project related site visits, face-to-face meetings, and travel has been cancelled. This includes the regularly scheduled agency meetings. Please contact your assigned project manager by email if you have any questions regarding the status of a specific project. For general regulatory questions in Coastal/South Georgia, please email William Rutlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general regulatory questions in Piedmont/North Georgia, please email Edward Johnson, Jr. at email@example.com. For any questions related to GDOT, please email Shaun Blocker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all staff in telework status, our personnel may have limited connectivity at any particular time. There may be delays in responding to email, phone calls, or with setup of projects. Please be patient and if you do have concerns, please contact any of the above listed individuals. We will provide any updates to the work status of Regulatory by email and will also post regular updates on our website and via public notice.
- Savannah's 2018 SOP for Compensatory Mitigation can be found here!