Nationwide Permits

2017 Nationwide Permit Program Reissuance

Ecology is reviewing the proposed 2017 Nationwide Permit (NWP) Program and proposed Seattle District Regional Conditions pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, with applicable provisions of State water pollution control laws, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Ecology will review each NWP and decide whether to Certify, Certify with Conditions or Deny Section 401 Water Quality Certification and/or whether to Concur, Concur with Conditions, or Object to Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency.

Information available for review:

Ecology is requesting comments from the public, state and local agencies, tribes, and other interested parties on the proposed 2017 NWP Program. Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record.

Public Notice Date: September 9, 2016          Comment Period Ends: September 30, 2016

Comments should be sent to:

Department of Ecology - SEA Program

Attn: Federal Permit Coordinator

Post Office Box 47600

Olympia, Washington 98512




2012 Nationwide Permit Program

On June 22, 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers published a Special Public Notice issuing the final regional conditions and publishing the Coastal Zone Management Consistency responses from Ecology and Section 401 Water Quality Certification decisions from Ecology, EPA, and the nine Tribes in Washington with Section 401 certification authority.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington State Department of Ecology sponsored free workshops during July and August covering recent changes in the Nationwide Permit program.

Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology has completed its review of the changes to the Nationwide Permit (NWP) program published in the Federal Register on February 21, 2012, to reissue all existing NWPs, modifications to the general conditions and definitions, and the issuance of two new NWPs, three new general conditions and three new definitions.

Army Corps of Engineers


Have questions or need additional information?

Contact Ecology’s Federal Permit Unit at or 360-407-6068.