Category: Wetlands

The United States Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act, which ruled that the corps has jurisdiction over the placement or removal of materials in streams and wetlands considered “waters of the U.S.” In a previous article, we discussed the basics of permitting. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation takes jurisdiction over these water bodies, in conjunction with the USACE. The ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Sep 1
by Ben Day, senior environmental specialist The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, jointly with the Nashville and Memphis U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts, approved the use of the Stream Quantification Tool for the assessment of the quality of streams in the state. The SQT assesses and ranks various metrics within five different stream function categories to quantify the difference between degraded and restored stream conditions. For example, two metrics used to a... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 5
World Water Day is an important reminder that not everyone in the world is as lucky as us to have immediate access to clean water. In fact, 2.1 billion people today live without safe drinking water at home. People around the world are working to protect the natural environment and reduce pollution so that everyone has access to clean water. What we take for granted here in the U.S. is that there are several regulations to protect our drinking water. There are many factors that can affect o... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 22
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) covering work in streams and wetlands went into effect March 19, 2017. The NWPs are a type of general permit issued by the Corps that are designed to regulate the bulk of minimal impact activities affecting jurisdictional waters and wetlands, with the goal of establishing standard terms and conditions for protections of these waters while allowing the activities to proceed with minimal delay and paperwork. The 2... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 20
In the United States, natural waters and waterways are regulated and protected by numerous state and federal laws. When waters are regulated, they are known as “Jurisdictional Waters”, and are often referred to as Waters of the US or Waters of the State depending on the regulating agency. These jurisdictional waters include a variety of streams, wetlands, and other special aquatic sites (estuaries, mudflats, etc.).  The following Acts and agencies represent the most commo... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 3