The Regulatory Branch in the New Orleans District’s Operations Division is responsible for administering the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Program in southern Louisiana. The regulatory authorities and responsibilities of the Corps’ Regulatory Program are based on the following laws:
• Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403) prohibits the obstruction or alteration of navigable waters of the United States without a permit from the Corps.
• Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). Section 301 of this Act prohibits the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States without a permit from the Corps.
• Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1413) authorizes the Corps to issue permits for the transportation of dredged material for the purpose of dumping it into ocean waters.
In order to request a permit from Regulatory, please see the section below about Requesting Corps Permits and Permissions. For more detailed information about the Regulatory Program, please visit the Regulatory Permit Webpage at https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permits/
Section 408 Permission Requests
Any entity external to the Corps who proposes to alter a Corps civil works project may request a Section 408 permission. Examples of Section 408 activities include road or utility crossings of levees and channels, dredging to deepen navigation channels, and drainage improvements such as culverts, ditches and drainage pipes. Multiple offices within the New Orleans District are responsible for evaluating Section 408 permission requests. In order to grant a permission, the request must not impair the usefulness of the project, and must not be injurious to the public interest.
This mission was federally authorized in Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 USC 408). Guidance on executing the Section 408 mission was distributed from HQ to the districts in the form of EC-1165-2-220. For more information, please visit our 408 Permissions Webpage at : https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Section-408/