Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment. Task 52. Informational Requirements for Jurisdictional Determinations to be Issued by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">In 2006, the Supreme Court again addressed the jurisdictional scope of Section 404, specifically the term "waters of the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>" in <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Rapanos v <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place></em><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The decision provided two new analytical standards for determining whether water bodies that are not traditional navigable waters (TNWs), including adjacent wetlands.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>As a consequence of this decision, the EPA and Corps developed guidance which requires the application of the new standards as well as a greater level of documentation to support an agency jurisdictional determination (JD) for a particular water body.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>In addition, the agencies now require that all determinations for non-navigable, isolated waters be elevated for Corps and EPA HQ review prior to the District making a final decision on the JD.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The objective of this research is to develop a scope of work for transportation design and environmental staff (agency and/or consultant) detailing the information and level of detail required to support jurisdictional determinations by the Corps under the CWA Section 404.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The intent would be to streamline the JD process, reduce delay, and control costs for both the transportation agencies and the Corps.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></o:p></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $65000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-25, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    PB Americas, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:


  • Start Date: 20081103
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091102
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15551

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464735
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-25, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:48PM