Army Corps of Engineers Will Close Regulatory Offices Due to
Lack of Federal Funding
15 October 2013
The headquarters building of the Huntington District of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers got a bit emptier on Oct. 15 when the
corps shut down its regulatory offices nationwide.
"Initially they had a skeleton crew. As of this morning, everybody
in the regulatory division was sent home, including the chief,"
Brian Maka, spokesman for the Huntington District, said.
Regulatory functions in the Huntington District and others,
including the Pittsburgh District, closed because of a lack of
federal funding during the budget impasse in Congress.
Regulatory offices will not be able to evaluate individual permit
applications, pre-construction notifications for nationwide permit
or regional general permit authorizations as well as requests for
jurisdictional determinations until after current-year funding is
received and the offices reopen.
Normally about 400 people work in the Huntington District
headquarters building. As of Oct. 15, that number was down to
about 100, Maka said. The Huntington District employs about 800
people in the states where it operates, but about 450 of them are
on furlough during the shutdown, Maka said.
All corps-operated recreation and day use areas are closed but
operations dealing with safety and commerce, such as the flood
control dams on the Ohio River tributaries and the navigation
locks and dams on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, remain open, Maka
If an emergency activity needs to be conducted in waters or
wetlands that require a Department of the Army authorization under
Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers
and Harbors Act of 1899 during the closure, the corps advises
people to contact the Huntington District Emergency Operations
Center at 304-399-5150, ext. 5320.
Anyone who applies for NWP authorizations is reminded by the corps
that proposed NWP activities that require PCNs must wait before
beginning the activity, and certain NWP PCNs require a written
response from the corps before beginning the NWP activity.
Prospective applicants should be sure their proposed activities
comply with all NWP terms and conditions, including regional