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EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Release Waters of the U.S. Revision

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in:
  • Environment
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

On Dec. 11, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers released a revised definition of “Waters of the United States,” delineating required permits for construction projects near bodies of water. In particular, the rule excludes wetlands not directly connected to sources created only in response to rainfall, a source of significant ambiguity for our members.

The rule will be open for comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, where the EPA hopes to finalize the rule in 2019. In Washington state, the Obama-era “Clean Water Act” has been implemented, creating significant cost regarding permit requirements for homebuilders in the Puget Sound region.

Your association will continue to track progress, coordinate with state and national homebuilding affiliates, and communicate with the Seattle Region Army Corps of Engineers regarding progress and potential changes to existing statute in the months to come. View NAHB’s statement and the official ruling.

Contact Snohomish County Manager Angie Sievers, 425.460.8204, with any questions.

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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer