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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
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332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752 


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces closure of all regulatory offices due to federal government shutdown

Published Oct. 15, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, today announced it will close its regulatory offices due to the absence of available federal funding.

Regulatory offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin will be unable to evaluate 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, 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 (651) 290-5807.

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

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, or Coastal Zone Management Act consistency concurrence or waiver if the proposed activity occurs in the coastal zone, prior to conducting nationwide permit activities.

The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see



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