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Wetland in Henderson County, Kentucky. Photo by Tre Barron

Welcome to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Regulatory Division Home Page.

How do I find another District Regulatory Office?

The Regulatory Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District is responsible for administering the Regulatory Program in the majority of Indiana and Kentucky, the southeastern portion of Illinois, and the Ohio River to southwestern Ohio. The Regulatory Division evaluates permit applications for essentially all work that occurs in “waters of the United States (U.S.)” that are regulated by the Corps pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Some examples of areas that may be within the jurisdiction of the Corps include marshes, swamps, streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, seasonally saturated forested and non-forested wetlands.

All regulated activities occurring within jurisdictional areas require a permit from the Corps. Some example activities occurring within jurisdictional areas that require a permit include dredging of waterways, bank stabilization, recreational ponds and lakes, as well as the construction of piers, docks, marinas, fleeting areas, boat ramps, roads, residential and commercial developments, utility lines, and mining activities.

In order to determine whether your proposed activity requires a permit, or whether any “waters of the U.S.” are located on your property or within your project area, please explore our website or contact us for further guidance. Please note that the Louisville District Corps of Engineers will make the final determination of whether an area is a jurisdictional “water of the U.S.” and whether the activity requires a permit.

We are dedicated to providing strong protection of the Nation’s aquatic environment, including wetlands, to enhancing the efficiency of the Corps administration of its regulatory program, and to ensuring that the Corps provides the regulated public with fair and reasonable decisions.

To the left of this webpage are links to what the Regulatory Division does, regulations, technical resources, and other information to help with your permitting needs. To accurately read and use the PDF files found throughout this site, we recommend that you download a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or higher.

Additionally, by clicking on the "Contact us" link to the left of this webpage,  you will find the Louisville District boundary map and the telephone numbers associated with each branch of the Regulatory Division.  Please utilize the map to assist you in establishing the appropriate section of the Regulatory Division to contact.

Electronic Application Submittals

All forms and inquiries must be submitted to the following email address:
CELRL.Door.To.The.Corps@usace.army.mil

For additional information, visit the "Obtain a Permit" page. 

 

News & Updates

02 July 2020
Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) Approved Jurisdictional Determination (AJD) Form

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule Approved Jurisdictional Determination (AJD) Form and AJD Form User Manual have been finalized and are being provided to increase transparency and public awareness.  However, please note that the AJD Form and AJD Form User Manual are intended for internal use only by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Approved JD Form

Approved JD Form User Manual 

22 May 2020
National Wetland Plant List (NWPL​)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2018 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The Federal Register Notice for the 2018 NWPL update can be found here:
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-18/pdf/2020-10630.pdf

The NWPL provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the NWPL include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list is effective as of May 18, 2020 and will be used in any wetland delineations performed after this date. Completed wetland delineation/determination forms should reference the version of the NWPL used to complete the form.  The final NWPL is available at http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/.  State, regional, and national lists can also be downloaded from this site.

24 April 2020
RIBITS

The Regulatory In-Lieu Fee and Bank Information Tracking System has moved to a new website URL. To access RIBITS, please use the following link:
https://ribits.ops.usace.army.mil/ords/f?p=107:2 

21 April 2020
EPA and Army Publish the Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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 will become effective on June 22, 2020. The published version is 93 pages, and the citation is: 85 FR 22250.  The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-02500/the-navigable-waters-protection-rule-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states. Additional information about the rule can be found on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/nwpr.

13 March 2020
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:
LRL Public Notice Coronavirus Regulatory Office Closure to the Public 

LRL Public Notice Coronavirus Electronic Business Process

12 September 2019 - Special Public Notice - Clean Water Act Final Rule Repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule and Re-Codifying the Previous Definition of the "Waters of the United States" 

23 August 2019 - This notice announces that on August 23, 2019, the Louisville, Nashville, Memphis and Huntington Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Districts), in accordance with 33 C.F.R 332, “Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources” (Mitigation Rule), issued resource-based, predefined service areas for third party mitigation within Kentucky.

To view the public notice associated with this announcement, click the following link: LRL-2018-01040 Public Notice

To download Google Earth files (.kmz) for Kentucky Predefined Service Areas click here.

To download ESRI ArcMap files (.shp) for Kentucky Predefined Service Areas click here