It is the policy of the Corps of Engineers that USACE organizations use environmental compliance assessments or "audits", as a means of attaining, sustaining, and monitoring compliance with applicable Federal, state, interstate and local environmental regulations. To this end, the Corps created Engineer Regulation ER 200-2-3, Environmental Quality - Environmental Compliance Policies.
This regulation establishes the policy for the management of environmental compliance-related operations and maintenance (O&M) activities at civil works facilities. The environmental compliance mission is to assure that all USACE facilities and associated lands (including outgrants) meet environmental standards contained in relevant Federal, state and local laws and regulations. Environmental compliance categories include, but are not limited to:
- Air emissions management
- Cultural resources management
- Hazardous materials management
- Hazardous waste management
- Natural resources management
- Pesticides management
- Petroleum, oil, and lubricant management
- Solid waste management
- Storage tank management
- Toxic substances management
- Wastewater management
- Water quality management
ITo assist with the compliance assessment process, the Corps developed; The Environmental Review Guide for Operations (ERGO) - The Environmental Assessment and Management Team (TEAM) Guide and Supplements that lists the various Federal (including Army requirements) and State requirements for each of the above listed categories.
With respect to water quality, Section 13 of the ERGO TEAM Manual/Supplements provides for the adherence to ER 1110-2-8154, Water Quality and Environmental Management at Corps Civil Works Projects.
Compliance Category: Water Quality Management
- WQ.1.6.C - Divisions are required to prepare an annual Water Quality Report (33 CFR 222.7(m)).
- WQ.115.5.C - All civil works projects must take impact on water quality into consideration in all stages of design, planning, construction, and operations. Project-specific conditions will determine water quality control and data collection techniques used at each facility (ER 1110-2-8154 and EP 1165-2-2).
- WQ.115.7.C - Divisions must establish a division-wide WQM program (ER 1110-2-8154)