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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program began in 1890 with the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the nation’s navigable waterways.  As a result of changing public needs and evolving policy via new laws and court decisions, protection has been extended to all waters of the United States including many wetlands.

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through the Regulatory Program, administers and enforces Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Under Section 10, a permit is required for work or structures in, over or under navigable waters of the United States. Under Section 404, a permit is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Many water bodies and wetlands in the nation are waters of the United States and are subject to the Corps' regulatory authority.

 

The Portland District administers one of the largest regulatory permitting programs within the Corps of Engineers, providing for the protection of waters of the United States, including federally delineated wetlands and navigable waters. Portland District has regulatory jurisdiction for the state of Oregon.

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Our commitment to public service

Public service is a public trust. We, as Corps regulators, must earn this trust, and to keep this trust, we must conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects the following principles:


Professional - We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner in dealings with all our customers, including applicants, violators, agencies, interest groups and the general public.


Fair and reasonable - We will be open-minded, impartial, and consistent in our interactions with all our customers to ensure all actions and decisions are free from bias and are not arbitrary or capricious. Customers will be treated equally and with tolerance.


Knowledgeable - We will remain knowledgeable of applicable laws, regulations, and scientific and technical advances which affect our program.


Honest - We will be truthful, straightforward, and candid in all dealings with our customers.


Timely - We will strive to provide our customers with timely regulatory responses regardless of whether those responses are favorable or adverse.


Accountable - We will be decisive in all actions and accept responsibility for any of our decisions and resulting consequences. All decisions will be factual and properly documented.


Respectful - We will treat our customers with dignity, courtesy, compassion, and sensitivity.