How the US Army Corps of Engineers is helping to maintain the integrity of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem
The Department of the Army Regulatory Program is one of the oldest in the Federal Government. Initially it served a fairly simple, straightforward purpose: to protect and maintain the navigable capacity of the Nation’s waters. Time, changing public needs, evolving policy, case law, and new statutory mandates changed the complexion of the program, adding to its breadth, complexity, and authority.
The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting 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. Under authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Corps independently evaluates projects that propose to discharge dredged or fill material into the Great Salt Lake, its tributaries and their adjacent wetlands.
This talk will discuss the applicability of Section 404 regulation over activities conducted in jurisdictional waters and the decision-making process relating to permitting and mitigation focusing on the Great Salt Lake.