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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 serve our customers throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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. All Regulatory offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin are unoccupied. Employees may also be working variable hours, to care for themselves and family members.

Please continue to use normal business phone numbers and email addresses; employees are able to receive those calls and messages remotely. Continue to follow established procedures for submitting requests and responding to Public Notices electronically. Employees may periodically retrieve physical mail from offices, but it will not be as timely as electronic communication.

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

Our goal is to remain responsive to the public, while fully complying with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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

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.
Let us help guide you through the permit application process.

Recent Regulatory Public Notices

2010-04219-LSP (Hennepin County, MN) Four Season’s Mall Redevelopment Project
PUBLIC NOTICE: APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO discharge fill into 3.21 acres of wetlands and realign 208 linear feet of a perennial tributary to Northwood Lake in New Hope, Minnesota. As part of this project, the applicant is proposing to construct a storm water treatment forebay and storm water treatment pond in approximately 1.07 acres of an existing wetland to the south of the mall location.
Date of Expiration: 07/15/2020
2013-00984-RMG (Douglas County, WI) Brule River Mitigation Site (Wisconsin ILF) – Construction of an ILF site in the Lake Superior Service Area
PUBLIC NOTICE: The sponsor is proposing to develop the Brule River In-Lieu Fee (ILF) site on land owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in the Brule River State Forest. The proposed ILF site is approximately 60 acres in size, including upland buffer areas. The sponsor has proposed to restore 42.6 acres of northern sedge meadow and establish 17.3 acres of surrogate grassland at the site.
Date of Expiration: 07/29/2020
2019-02781-JLK (Door County, WI) Private Boat Dock/Pier Project
PUBLIC NOTICE: APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO place structures, conduct dredging, and discharge dredged or fill material in Green Bay (Lake Michigan) located in the Village of Egg Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin. The project as proposed consists of three main components for placement and use of a private boat dock.
Date of Expiration: 07/24/2020

Regulatory News

  • Corps announces availability of final 2018 National Wetland Plant List providing plant species indicator status ratings

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2018 NWPL update was posted on May 18, 2020 and can be found at:

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)

Wisconsin Wisconsin 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