October 16, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 41

Army Corps Offices Close Due To Shutdown

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District Regulatory offices in Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are closing due to the absence of available federal funding.

The Denver Regulatory Office in Colorado remains open to address questions and permitting issues related to the recent flooding and can be contacted at 303-979-4120. Non-flood related permitting activity cannot take place during the government shutdown.

Non-emergency regulatory functions will be suspended including evaluating 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. 

Normally, the Corps of Engineers’ Montana Regulatory Offices in Helena, Billings and Missoula through the Regulatory Program, administer and enforce Section 404 of the Clean Water Act in Montana for the Omaha District. Under CWA Section 404, a permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Many waterbodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the United States and are subject to the Corps' regulatory authority.

During this time, outside of the State of Colorado, 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 402-995-2451.

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