New and modified Nationwide Permits (NWPs) issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers became effective on June 7. Audubon Ohio worked with the Ohio EPA to make the required determinations regarding Section 401 Water Quality Certifications. We are gratified that many of our suggestions have been incorporated into the Ohio EPA conditioning of the NWPs.
Two years ago the National Audubon Society and others filed a Notice of Appeal to review certification for NWP 26 resulting in a settlement agreement. Our contention that any conditioning would comply at a minimum with the terms of the settlement agreement reached with Ohio EPA in 1998 was effective in the final draft. General limitations to NWPs in regard to streams and wetlands are in effect the result of years of diligent work by concerned activists. We salute these individuals and their hard-won successes.