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 Clean Water Act Section 404

CWA 404 Definitions/Abbreviations

Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899
Establishes a program to regulate activities affecting navigation in waters of the United States, including wetlands.

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)
NEPA is the basic national charter for protection of the environment. It establishes policy, sets goals and provides means for carrying out the policy.

Endangered Species Act

Read the text of the act (Public Law 93–205, approved Dec. 28, 1973, 87 Stat. 884, as amended through Public Law 107–136, Jan. 24, 2002). 

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
The primary regulatory authority over federal wetlands is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). There are four USACE districts with jurisdiction over Kentucky’s waters. The Louisville District is the lead Corps district.



Section 404 and Swampbuster: Wetlands on Agricultural Lands
The Food Security Act of 1985 contains several provisions that were intended to discourage the conversion of wetlands to agricultural production. These provisions, often referred to as Swampbuster provisions, withhold certain federal farm program benefits from farmers who convert or modify wetlands.


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