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Section 401 Water Quality Certification - USACOE Nationwide Permits

Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has responsibility for issuing or denying Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the USACOE Section 404 Nationwide Permits. On March 7, 2017, the Department issued the Water Quality Certification for the 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWPs) which becomes effective March 19, 2017. The WQC lists twenty NWPs that are covered under the blanket WQC, as long as they meet the General Conditions listed in the WQC. Thirteen NWPs are covered under the blanket WQC as long as they meet the General Conditions and Special Conditions listed. Ten NWPs have been denied a blanket WQC and require the applicant to obtain an individual WQC from the Department.

Links to the USACOE 2017 Nationwide Permits and the Regional Conditions issued by the NY and Buffalo Districts are available on this page.

NYS DEC Section 401 WQC for USACOE Nationwide Permits (PDF) (1.25 MB)