The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, HAS ISSUED GP-45, authorizing the discharge of dredged or fill material associated with activities designed to improve water quality, improve fish and wildlife habitat, maintain recreational value, and extend the lifespan of man-made lakes and ponds. This permit authorizes the removal and discharge of lakebed/pond sediment in conjunction with mechanical dredging, hydraulic dredging (including return water from such activities) and excavation activities. The use of standard construction equipment to remove accumulated sediment is authorized by this permit. The dredged/excavated material may be used in the construction of jetties/breakwaters, shoreline stabilization structures, fish and wildlife habitat improvement structures and other similar activities. This regional general permit is issued under the authority of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1344). It does not obviate the need for project proponents to obtain other Federal, state, or local authorizations. DURATION OF THE GENERAL PERMIT: The GP-45 has been issued and is in effect for a period of five years from the issue date of (September 29, 2020), unless it is specifically modified, suspended, or revoked prior to the expiration date.