Regulatory Acronyms

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Savannah District Regulatory Acronyms

401 Certification State Water Quality certification required by Section 401 of CWA

404(b)(1)Guidelines Regulatory Guidelines for discharges of dredged or fill material implementing Section 404(b)(1) of the CWA, 40 CFR Part 230

404(c) EPA's authority to prohibit or restrict Section 404 of CWA

404(f) Activities exempt from Section 404 of CWA

404(q) MOA MOA pursuant to Section 404(q) of CWA

404(r) Federal project exempt from Section 404

ACHP Advisory Council on Historic Preservation


ADID Advanced Identification of Wetlands

AJD Approved Jurisdictional Determination

APP Abbreviated Permit Process (for issuing letters of permission)

Appendix B 33 CFR 325 Appendix B, Regulatory NEPA regulations

Appendix C 33 CFR 325 Appendix C, Regulatory Historic Property regulations

ARDR Aquatic Resources Delineation Review

ARNI Aquatic resources of national importance as used in 404(q) MOAs (Pronounced R-knee)

ASA(CW) Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

b(1) Guidelines See 404(b)(1)Guidelines, the preferred term

BA Biological assessment of impacts to endangered species required only for EIS projects

BLM Bureau of Land Management, DOI

BO Biological opinion issued by NMFS or USFWS during "formal consultation" or review of a "biological assessment" pursuant to Section 7 of ESA

BuRec Bureau of Reclamation, DOI (pronounced Bu-wreak)

CAA Clean Air Act

CECW-OR Headquarters, Corps of Engineers, Civil Works, Operations, Regulatory Branch, i.e., OCE regulatory staff (pronounced Sequor)

CEQ Council on Environmental Quality

CEQ Regulations 40 CFR 1500, Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CG U.S. Coast Guard (see USCG the preferred term)


CRD Coastal Resources Division

CWA Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 466 et seq.)

CZM Concurrence A state agency approval of an applicant's consistency determination pursuant to the CZMA

CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act

DA Department of the Army

DE District Engineer


DHP Designated Historic Property (33 CFR 325, Appendix C)

DNR Designated non-federal representative (i.e., applicant or agent) designated to prepare BA or conduct "informal consultation" under ESA

DOC Department of Commerce

DOI Department of the Interior

EA Environmental Assessment

EIS Environmental Impact Statement

EO Executive Order. Periodically established Federal policy

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

ERDC Engineer Research and Development Center

ESA Endangered Species Act

FAA Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Register Publication of Federal agency rulemaking


FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (pronounced Fee-mah)

FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (pronounced Fur-k)

FHWA Federal Highway Administration

FIA Flood Insurance Administration

Field Supervisor USFWS official responsible for routine coordination with the DE

FOIA Freedom of Information Act

FR Federal Register

FWPCA Federal Water Pollution Control Act (see CWA)

FWS U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Preferred abbreviation)

GADNR Georgia Department of Natural Resources

GAEPD Georgia Environmental Protection Division

GP General Permit

GPO Government Printing Office

Guidelines See 404(b)(1) Guidelines the preferred term

HP Historic property: See 33 CFR part 325, Appendix C

HQUSACE Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers (formal designation)

Incidental Take The taking of endangered species, associated with a permit, authorized through consultation with USFWS or NMFS

IP Individual permit

ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation & Enhancement Act(pronounced Ice-tea)

JD Jurisdiction Determination

LONO Letter of No Objection

LOP Letter of Permission

MHWM Mean High Water Mark (tidal areas, for non- tidal areas see OHWM)

MMS Minerals Management Service, DOI

MOA/MOU Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding

MPRSA Marine Protection, Research & Sanctuaries Act

National Register National Register of Historic Places

NEPA National Environmental Policy Act (pronounced Kneepah)

NHPA National Historic Preservation Act

NMFS National Marine Fisheries Act (pronounced Nymphs)

NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

NOII Notice of Intent to Issue

NOS National Ocean Service

NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System authorized by Section 402 of CWA

NPS National Park Service

NR National Register of Historic Places

NRCS National Resource Conservation Service

NWP Nationwide Permit

OCE Office of Chief of Engineers (informal) (see HQUSACE)

OCS Outer Continental Shelf

OCSLA Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

OHWM Ordinary High Water Mark (non-tidal areas, for tidal areas see MHWM)

OMB Office of Management and Budget

OSM Office of Surface Mining

PBO Preliminary biological opinion issued by NMFS or USFWS pursuant to "early consultation" under Section 7 of ESA

PCN Pre-construction Notification

PDN Pre-discharge Notification

PGP Programmatic General Permit

PN Public Notice

RA Regional Administrator of EPA

RD Regional Director of USFWS or NMFS

R&D Research and Development

REG(s) Regulation(s) (Usually Corps regulation at 33 CFR 320- 330)

RGL Regulatory Guidance Letter (pronounced Regal)

RIBITS Regional Internet Bank Information Tracking System<

RGP Regional General Permit

RPP Regional Permit Program

RPW Relatively Permanent Water

SAMP Special Area Management Plan (pronounced Samp)

Section 10 Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

Section 10 of ESA Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act (Takings permits)

Section 103 Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (Ocean Dumping)

Section 106 Section 106 of NHPA (Take into account effects on Historic Properties)

Section 110 Section 110 of the NHPA (Federal agency responsibilities)

Section 13 Section 13 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

Section 402 Section 402 of the CWA (See NPDES)

Section 7 Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act

Section 9 Section 9 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

Section 9 of ESA Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (Takings prohibition)

SESC Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

SHPO State Historic Preservation Officer (pronounced Ship-poe)

SOF Statement of Findings

SOP Standard Operating Procedure

Special Case Designated area where EPA rather than the Corps will determine the extent of waters of the US for purposes of Section 404

Special Matters Designated situation where EPA rather than the Corps will determine whether an activity is exempt under Section 404(f) of CWA

SPGP State program general permit

Swamp Buster Provision of Food Securities Act of 1985

Taking - ESA When speaking of endangered species, this term means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct towards a Federally listed species

Taking - 5th Amendment When speaking about property rights, this term refers to the Fifth Amendment prohibition against the taking of personal property without due compensation

TNW Traditional Navigable Water

USACE US Army Corps of Engineers (pronounced You-sace)


USC US Code (codification for Federal Laws)

USCG US Coast Guard

USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service (see FWS the preferred abbreviation)

WDM Wetland Delineation Manual

WES Waterways Experiment Station

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