CURRENT NATIONWIDE PERMITS FOR USE IN CHICAGO DISTRICT
On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) announcing the reissuance of 12 existing nationwide permits (NWPs) and four new NWPs, as well as the reissuance of modified NWP general conditions and definitions.
The NWP Program is an integral part of the Corps Regulatory Program and is designed to provide effective protection for wetlands and other aquatic resources while being administratively efficient. The NWPs include specific project limitations and conditions to ensure that adverse environmental effects are no more than minimal and that the aquatic environment is protected. If a permit applicant designs a project to meet these limitations and conditions, the Corps can provide a simplified and expedited review and project authorization. We encourage permit applicants to consider the advantages of designing projects that meet the criteria for a NWP authorization.
The Illinois portion of the Chicago District is transitioning from its Regional Permit Program to the NWP Program with the goal of adopting all the NWPs when they get reissued. A chart summarizing all NWP requirements can be found in the left "NWP Info" menu. The below list contains individual fact sheets that include information on applicable regional conditions, 401 water quality certification, and coastal zone management concurrence: