The Corps of Engineers has been regulating activities in the nation’s waters since 1890.
Congress has enacted laws to regulate water resource development which are enforced by federal agencies including the Corps. These laws ensure that water resource development is consistent with the needs and welfare of the people.
Under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 USC 403), a permit is required for construction of any structure in or over any navigable water of the United States, or the accomplishment of any other work affecting the course, location, condition, or physical capacity of such waters.
Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act of 1972(33 USC 1344), a permit is required to excavate in or discharge dredged or fill material into the Waters of the United States.
The list of Individual Permits finalized and pending for the Regulatory Program can be found at this link.