Interagency coordination in the Corps of Engineers regulatory program Public Deposited

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  • This paper is the product of a 15 month internship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From July, 1985 through September, 1986, I served as an environmental specialist for the Portland District Regulatory Branch. My responsibilities included evaluating environmental impacts of work conducted in Oregon's waterways, through processing of permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C.A. 1344) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (33 U.S.C.A. 403), to authorize the work. The permit process requires extensive coordination with many federal, state and local agencies and the general public. This report will describe the Corps' permit program and assess some aspects of interagency coordination at the federal level. This report is divided into several sections. The first section provides background information on the Corps of Engineers regulatory authorities and the regulations under which they are administered. This is followed by a discussion of the Corps' procedural responsibilities under the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act. The next section addresses interagency Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) which provide a formal process to resolve agency disagreements in the permit process. A case study illustrating the use of MOAs is given. Conclusions are then drawn about the basis for interagency disagreement and the practical usefulness of the MOAs, followed by recommendations for improved coordination. The appendix includes two regional permits I processed as a part of my internship.
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