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COVID-19 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Paul District Regulatory Program continues to operate.            

Our primary commitment is to public health and safety, including that of our employees and their families.  We will continue to comply with national, state, and local recommendations for social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Employees are primarily working from their homes. Wisconsin offices are expected to be closed beginning today, March 24. Future directives may also result in Minnesota offices being closed. Offices that aren’t officially closed will only be occupied intermittently. Employees may also be working variable hours, to care for themselves and family members and to leverage network connectivity during non-peak hours.

Please continue to use normal business phone numbers and email addresses; employees are able to receive those calls and messages remotely.  Continue to follow normal procedures for submitting requests electronically. Physical mail is discouraged because it may not be retrieved by employees while offices are closed.

Meetings that cannot be postponed will generally be held virtually. As field season approaches, we will adhere to social distancing protocols and expand our use of remote tools to evaluate site conditions.

Our goal is to remain responsive to the public, while fully complying with COVID-19 social distancing protocols.

If you have questions, please call our Regulatory hotline at (651) 290-5525. 

The proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army is the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of "Waters of the United States" consistent with the February 2017 Presidential Executive Order entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." The public notice, published Feb. 14, 2019, begins a 60-day public comment period that will close on April 15, 2019.
Let us help guide you through the permit application process.

Recent Regulatory Public Notices

2018-01702-MJB (Blue Earth County, MN) Guentzel Wetland Mitigation Bank
PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop Guentzel Wetland Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 39.7 acres in size, including upland buffer areas.
Date of Expiration: 05/06/2020
2014-00526-NJP (Clay County, MN) Goose Prairie Marsh Enhancement Project
LETTER OF PERMISSION: This project involves the discharge of fill material into wetlands for the enhancement of Goose Prairie Marsh and installation of a water control structure that will be utilized to manage surface water elevations throughout the year.
Date of Expiration: 04/16/2020
2020-00322-RQM (Otter Tail County, MN) Tri-County Health Care Project
PUBLIC NOTICE: Tri-County Health Care is proposing the construction of a new hospital on the western side of Wadena, Minnesota. The proposed development would include a medical campus, skilled nursing area, a helicopter pad and paved parking/driving surfaces. The property consists of one parcel (PIN #11000010003000), approximately 77-acres in size, which is currently occupied with two residential dwellings and several farm out-buildings. The remainder of the property consists of green space. The physical address for the subject property is 63835 US Highway 20 in the City of Wadena, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Date of Expiration: 04/14/2020

Regulatory News

About Our Regulatory & Permits Office

The mission of the Corps of Engineers' Regulatory Program is to protect the nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the nation's waters, including wetlands.

The Corps' regulatory program includes Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The St. Paul District's regulatory jurisdiction covers the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Under Section 10, a Corps permit is required to do any work in, over or under a 'Navigable Water of the U.S.' Waterbodies have been designated as 'Navigable Waters of the U.S.' based on their past, present or potential use for transportation for interstate commerce.

Under Section 404, a Corps permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the U.S. Many waterbodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the U.S. and are subject to the Corps' Section 404 regulatory authority.


Contact Information

 Field Office Address
 Bemidji 4111 Technology
Drive NW, Suite 295
Bemidji, MN 56601
 Brainerd 10867 East Gull Lake Drive NW
Brainerd, MN 56401
 Duluth 600 South Lake
Avenue, Suite 211
Duluth, MN 55802
 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947

 Field Office


 Brookfield 250 North Sunnyslope
Road, Suite 296
Brookfield, WI 53005


211 North Broadway
Street, Suite 221
Green Bay, WI 54303

10637 Hayward Court
Unit 2
Hayward, WI 54843

 La Crescent 1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947
2926 Post Road,
Suite B
Stevens Point, WI 54481

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District - Regulatory

180 5th St. East
Suite 700
St. Paul MN 55101

Tel: (651) 290-5525
800-290-5847 x 5525

Joint Permit Applications

Minnesota Joint Application Form (PDF)
Minnesota Joint Application Form (DOC)


WisconsinWisconsin Joint Application Form



Section 10 WatersSection 10 Waters Joint Application Form


If you need immediate assistance,
contact the Saint Paul District at
(800) 290-5847 ext. 5525 or