Corps Recognizes 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
November 13, 2012
Vicksburg, Miss…Forty years ago, the primary law to protect the Nation's waters was passed by Congress on October 18, 1972. Originally enacted in 1948 to control water pollution, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or Clean Water Act (CWA), was totally revised in 1972 to give the Act its current shape. The CWA set a new national goal "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters." Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires a Department of the Army permit before dredged or fill material are discharged into waters of the United States, unless the activity is exempt from Section 404 regulation (e.g. certain farming and forestry activities). Under this program, examples of regulated activities in waters of the United States include fill for development, water resource projects (such as dams and levees), and infrastructure development (such as highways and airports).
The Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers, encourages its customers to be informed and proactive regarding the requirements for obtaining a Department of the Army permit prior to the discharge of dredge or fill material into waters of the United States.
Pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Vicksburg District completes thousands of jurisdictional determinations and reviews hundreds of permit applications annually.