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District Public Notice Announcing Reissuance of Nationwide Permits

USACE, Albuquerque District
Published Jan. 13, 2021

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 NWP general conditions and definitions with some modifications. These 16 NWPs will go into effect on March 15, 2021, and will expire on March 14, 2026:

  • NWP 12 – Oil or Natural Gas Pipeline Activities
  • NWP 21 – Surface Coal Mining Activities
  • NWP 29 – Residential Developments
  • NWP 39 – Commercial and Institutional Developments
  • NWP 40 – Agricultural Activities
  • NWP 42 – Recreational Facilities
  • NWP 43 – Stormwater Management Facilities
  • NWP 44 – Mining Activities
  • NWP 48 – Commercial Shellfish Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 50 – Underground Coal Mining Activities
  • NWP 51 – Land-Based Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
  • NWP 52 – Water-Based Renewable Energy Generation Pilot Projects
  • NWP 55 – Seaweed Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 56 – Finfish Mariculture Activities
  • NWP 57 – Electric Utility Line and Telecommunications Activities
  • NWP 58 – Utility Line Activities for Water and Other Substances

The January 13, 2021, Federal Register notice is available for viewing at permits.

As an alternative, interested parties can access the January 13, 2021, final rule and related documents at:

There are 40 existing NWPs that were not reissued or modified by the January 13, 2021 final rule. Those 40 NWPs were published in the January 6, 2017, issue of the Federal Register (82 FR 1860) and those NWPs remain in effect until the Corps issues a final rule reissuing those NWPs or March 18, 2022, whichever comes first. The 40 2017 NWPs that remain in effect are:

  • NWP 1 – Aids to Navigation
  • NWP 2 – Structures in Artificial Canals
  • NWP 3 – Maintenance
  • NWP 4 – Fish and Wildlife Harvesting, Enhancement, and Attraction Devices and Activities
  • NWP 5 – Scientific Measurement Devices
  • NWP 6 – Survey Activities
  • NWP 7 – Outfall Structures and Associated Intake Structures
  • NWP 8 – Oil and Gas Structures on the Outer Continental Shelf
  • NWP 9 – Structures in Fleeting and Anchorage Areas
  • NWP 10 – Mooring Buoys
  • NWP 11 – Temporary Recreational Structures
  • NWP 13 – Bank Stabilization
  • NWP 14 – Linear Transportation Projects
  • NWP 15 – U.S. Coast Guard Approved Bridges
  • NWP 16 – Return Water From Upland Contained Disposal Areas
  • NWP 17 – Hydropower Projects
  • NWP 18 – Minor Discharges
  • NWP 19 – Minor Dredging
  • NWP 20 – Response Operations for Oil or Hazardous Substances
  • NWP 22 – Removal of Vessels
  • NWP 23 – Approved Categorical Exclusions
  • NWP 24 – Indian Tribe or State Administered Section 404 Programs
  • NWP 25 – Structural Discharges
  • NWP 27 – Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Establishment, and Enhancement Activities
  • NWP 28 – Modifications of Existing Marinas
  • NWP 30 – Moist Soil Management for Wildlife
  • NWP 31 – Maintenance of Existing Flood Control Facilities
  • NWP 32 – Completed Enforcement Actions
  • NWP 33 – Temporary Construction, Access, and Dewatering
  • NWP 34 – Cranberry Production Activities
  • NWP 35 – Maintenance Dredging of Existing Basins
  • NWP 36 – Boat Ramps
  • NWP 37 – Emergency Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation
  • NWP 38 – Cleanup of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
  • NWP 41 – Reshaping Existing Drainage Ditches
  • NWP 45 – Repair of Uplands Damaged by Discrete Events
  • NWP 46 – Discharges in Ditches
  • NWP 49 – Coal Remining Activities
  • NWP 53 – Removal of Low-Head Dams
  • NWP 54 – Living Shorelines

The regional conditions for these 40 NWPs that were approved by the Division Engineer in 2017 remain in effect and can be found at

In accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) current water quality certification (WQC) regulations at 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121, the Albuquerque District has reviewed Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 401 WQC decisions received from certifying authorities. The Albuquerque District has determined that all accepted granted and denied WQC decisions in New Mexico satisfied the requirements set forth in 40 CFR 121.7. For a list of WQC decisions in New Mexico see the summary spreadsheet attached to this public notice.

If a permittee conducts activities under the terms and conditions of a NWP, the permittee must also comply with any applicable regional conditions. In New Mexico, the following regional conditions apply to the 16 NWPs listed above:

1.  All Activities Conducted Under NWPs: In accordance with CFR 33 Part 330.4(c), the Corps hereby incorporates the current conditions of CWA Section 401 WQCs as conditions of the Section 404 Nationwide Permits in New Mexico. Water quality certifications are available at: ​

Note: For all actions that are determined by the Albuquerque District to meet the terms and conditions of a NWP and are located off tribal land, individual WQC must be obtained from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau. A copy of the individual WQC must be provided to the District Engineer prior to commencing the regulated activity. Conditions contained within the individual WQC that meet the procedural requirements of 40 CFR Part 121 will be incorporated as part of NWP verifications. For all actions that are determined by the Albuquerque District to meet the terms and conditions of a NWP and are located on tribal land, either a general WQC or conditional WQC has been granted, or the WQC has been waived or denied. As previously stated, these WQC decisions are provided as an attachment to this public notice and will be posted on the Albuquerque District’s website.

2. Dredge and Fill Activities in Lakes, Intermittent and Perennial Streams, and Special Aquatic Sites: For all activities subject to regulation under the CWA Section 404 in lakes, intermittent and perennial streams, and special aquatic sites (including wetlands, riffle and pool complexes, and sanctuaries and refuges), Pre-Construction Notification to the District Engineer is required in accordance with General Condition 32.

3.  Individual Water Quality Certification and Pre-Construction Notification: For all activities subject to regulation under the CWA Section 404 where Section 401 individual water quality certification is required, the applicant must provide Pre-Construction Notification to the District Engineer in accordance with General Condition 32 at the same time a request for water quality certification is submitted to the water quality certifying authority. A copy of the individual 401 water quality certification must be provided to the District Engineer prior to commencing the regulated activity. The activity may not commence until the Corps has completed post-certification with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 in accordance with CWA Sec. 401(a)(2). A list of state agencies and tribes with Section 401 authority is on our website available at:

Note: In accordance with 40 CFR 121.4, applicants for federal permits and licenses must submit a written request for a pre-filing meeting to the water quality certifying authority at least 30 calendar days prior to submitting a certification request. More information about CWA, Sec. 401 procedures are available on EPA’s website at:

4.  Peatlands: The use of the NWPs published in the January 13, 2021 issue of the Federal Register (86 FR 2744) for the discharge of dredged or fill material into peatlands is prohibited. The term peatland includes fens and bogs. For the purposes of this regional condition, a peatland is defined as a wetland with organic soil that is classified as a histosol in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) guidance document entitled Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States (Version 8.0, 2016). A copy of the document can be obtained from the NRCS at:

5.  Temporary Fills and Impacts: Temporary fills and/or impacts to waters of the U.S. shall be removed in their entirety and the affected areas returned to pre-construction elevations in the shortest time frame practicable, not to exceed six months unless otherwise approved by the District Engineer. Site restoration of temporarily filled or impacted areas shall include returning the area to pre-project ground surface contours. The permittee shall appropriately revegetate temporarily filled or impacted areas with native, noninvasive herbs, shrubs, and/or tree species sufficient in number, spacing, and diversity to replace affected aquatic functions. Temporary erosion and sediment control measures must be removed as soon as the area has established vegetation sufficient to control erosion and sediment.

6. Suitable Fill: Use of broken concrete as fill or bank stabilization material is prohibited unless the applicant demonstrates that its use is the only practicable material (with respect to cost, existing technology, and logistics). Any applicant who wishes to use broken concrete as bank stabilization must provide notification to the District Engineer in accordance with General Condition 32 (Pre-Construction Notification) along with justification for such use. Use of broken concrete with rebar, used tires (loose or formed into bales), or car bodies is prohibited in all waters of the United States.

7. Timing and Dewatering: Unless determined to be not practicable by the Corps, no dredged and/or fill material shall be discharged within standing or flowing waters. For perennial or intermittent drainages (e.g. natural or relocated streams, creeks, rivers), this may be accomplished through construction during periods of low flow (winter months) or during the dry season.

When work is required to occur in flowing water, a dewatering plan is required to constitute a complete PCN. All dewatering structures and/or fills shall be removed within 30 days following completion of construction activities in waters of the U.S.

(a) For all dewatering activities that propose structures or fill in waters of the U.S. a dewatering plan must contain the following:

1) Information on why it is not practicable to conduct construction activities during periods of low flow or during the dry season;
2) The proposed methods for dewatering;
3) The equipment that would be used to conduct the dewatering;
4) The length of time the area is proposed to be dewatered;
5) The area (in acres) and length (in linear feet) and locations of all structure(s) and/or fill in waters of the U.S.;
6) The expected extent of temporary impacts to downstream waters;
7) The method for removal of the structures and/or fill;
8) The method for how the proposed work shall be conducted to allow safe fish and wildlife passage during construction; and
9) The method for restoration of the waters of the U.S. affected by the structure or fill following construction.


The following provides additional information regarding minimization of impacts and compliance with existing General Conditions:

1. Permittees are reminded of General Condition 6 which prohibits the use of unsuitable material. Organic debris, building waste, asphalt, car bodies, individual tires, concrete jersey barriers, and trash are not suitable fill material.

2. General Condition 12 requires appropriate erosion and sediment controls (i.e., all fills must be permanently stabilized to prevent erosion and siltation into water and/or wetlands at the earliest practicable date). Streambed material or other small aggregate material placed along a bank as stabilization will not meet General Condition 12.