Last September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed an early renewal of the 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWPs). The Corps also published a public notice regarding the proposed regional conditions for the Ohio NWPs. In December, Ohio EPA released a public notice of the Draft Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the proposed NWPs.
Information on the draft 401 WQC and the proposed nationwide and regional conditions is available here. The Corps published the final version of the NWPs on Jan. 13; the revised NWPs will take effect March 15.
A virtual public hearing on the draft 401 WQC is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. (Read Ohio EPA’s press release.) Interested parties must register for the hearing. Comments on the draft should be submitted by email no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Contact Rob Brundrett at the OMA with questions. 1/28/2021