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St. Paul District announces the reissuance of eight 2021 Nationwide Permits, or NWPs, available for use in Minnesota and Wisconsin beginning on March 15, 2021. These 2021 NWPs have updated 2021 general terms and conditions, 2021 regional conditions, and 2021 water quality certifications. For a comparison of the 2017 and 2021 NWPs that will be available for use at the same time please see the District’s special public notice on the 2021 NWPs.
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 became effective on June 22, 2020.
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Recent Regulatory Public Notices

2018-02605-ARC (St. Louis County, MN) Svedberg Wetland Mitigation Bank
PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop the Svedberg Wetland Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 133.7 acres in size, including no-credit and upland buffer areas. The proposed bank service area is the Rainy River basin in Minnesota (Bank Service Area 2).
Date of Expiration: 06/03/2021
2018-01717-KDZ (Vernon County, WI) Dairyland Power Cooperative Italian Hollow Ditch Project
PUBLIC NOTICE: Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) is applying for a Department of the Army permit for the Italian Hollow Drainage Project (Project) located adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) bridge on State Highway 35, immediately south of the entrance road to Dairyland’s Genoa Station #3 in the Town of Genoa. The purpose of the Project is to improve drainage conditions within an approximately 4,500 linear foot portion of the Italian Hollow Drainage Ditch (Ditch) that flows west under the State Highway 35 bridge and the BNSF bridge and runs south through a previously disturbed wetland into the Mississippi River.
Date of Expiration: 05/18/2021
2021-00685-EMN (Portage County, WI) Little Plover Wetland Mitigation Bank
PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop the Little Plover Wetland Bank. The proposed bank site is approximately 63 acres in size, including upland buffer areas. The proposed bank service area is the Lower Wisconsin Bank Service Area.
Date of Expiration: 06/02/2021

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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

Tel: (651) 290-5378


Joint Permit Applications

Minnesota Joint Application Form 

Wisconsin Joint Application Form

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