Governing Law and Regulations
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Field Operations Division Mobile Branch Coastal Section
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Nashville District Office Mobile District Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Alabama does not have separate wetlands permitting regulations. Applications for wetlands projects are made directly to the Corps, with copies to ADEM's Field Operations Division in Montgomery for water quality certification or to the Mobile Branch for coastal wetlands projects. For construction projects within the setback zone along the Gulf of Mexico, Baldwin County administers the coastal zone management program in that area, except for coastal areas within the city of Gulf Shores. The city of Gulf Shores has been given authority by ADEM to administer the coastal management program along the Gulf within city limits. See the national section WETLANDS for additional guidance.
The state also has rules that prohibit new or expanded waste sites or facilities from being located in wetlands and that prohibit the discharge of pollutants ...