After Network members worked for three years to develop replacement permits for the harmful Nationwide Permit (NWP) 26, the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) is proposing to undo many of the restrictions Network members worked so hard to put in place. Every 5 years all NWPs come up for review and reauthorization. Replacement permits for NWP 26 and all other NWPs will be considered for modification in late July.
This year we are expecting a 45-day public comment period. The Clean Water Network will generate an analysis of the proposal and sample comments. If you would like to help with this process, please contact the Clean Water Network at the number above. Through this process we hope to squash the Corps’ proposal to weaken restrictions on the use of NWPs. We will also be working to abolish more of the most destructive permits—namely NWP 21—which allows mining companies to destroy wetlands and streams for surface mining without any acreage limit!