Water Protection Program

401 Water Quality Certification

Joint Public Notices Open For Comment

These public notices are issued jointly between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The Corps and the Department of Natural Resources will use the comments from this notice in deciding whether to grant a Section 404 Permit (Federal) and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification (State). Commenters are requested to furnish a copy of their comments to both the Corps and to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102 or by email.

Water Quality Certification: Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1341) requires that all discharges of dredged or fill material must be certified by the appropriate state agency as complying with applicable effluent limitations and water quality standards. This public notice serves as an application to the state in which the discharge site is located for certification of the discharge. The discharge must be certified before a Department of the Army permit can be issued. Certification, if issued, expresses the state's opinion that the discharge will not violate applicable water quality standards.

Missouri Stream Mitigation Method  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts within Missouri, in coordination with federal and state agencies have completed their comprehensive evaluation and modifications to the Missouri Stream Mitigation Method. The attached public notice announces the implementation of the 2013 version of the method.  The Missouri Stream Mitigation Method will serve as the preferred method for quantifying unavoidable stream impacts associated with the review of permit applications submitted for Department of the Army permit authorization.  The method will also serve as a tool for determining the amount of stream credits a proposed mitigation project will generate based on its mitigation plan prepared for Stream Mitigation Banks, Individual In-Lieu Fee Stream Project Approvals, or Permittee-Responsible Mitigation Sites within Missouri.

The following are links to the joint public notices on each Corps District's website:

Kansas City District

St. Louis District

Memphis District

Rock Island District

Little Rock District