401 Certification Capacity Building Project

The 401 Certification Capacity Building Project is a three-part project supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. EPA is supporting the development of case studies about 10 state programs and hosting a series of 401 certification capacity building conference calls through December of 2010. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is supporting communication and information sharing in preparation for the reissuance of the Section 404 Nationwide Permits, which will occur following publication of a proposed and final rule and go into effect in March of 2012.

EPA's "Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification: A Water Quality Protection Tool for States and Tribes" was released April 2010. This new handbook describes CWA §401 certification authorities, the way different state and tribal programs use certification, and how state and tribal certification programs leverage available resources to operate their certification programs. The handbook is available here. For additional resources, click on the links below. If you are looking for information about Water Quality Standards for Wetlands, click here.