Arkansas Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arkansas Wetlands Mitigation Bank Act, Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 15-22-1001 to 15-22-1012

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Arkansas Private Wetland and Riperian Zone Creation and Restoration Incentive Act, AR Code Ann. 26-51-101 et seq.

Wetlands mitigation: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Rules (ANRC Rules) 1201.1 to 1206.3

Tax credits: ANRC Rules 1301.1 to 1306.2

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Division State Permits Branch

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Little Rock District Office Memphis District Office Vicksburg District Office Tulsa District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas works in conjunction with the Corps and EPA to protect wetlands in the state. Permit applications for projects that impact wetlands are made directly to the appropriate Corps district office, subject to ADEQ state water quality certification. For additional information about the federal wetlands permit program administered by the Corps, see the national section WETLANDS.

Although wetlands exist in most watersheds throughout the state, Arkansas does not have any state-specific wetlands regulations. Instead, if a proposed project may have an impact on a wetlands area, individuals must apply to the Corps for a wetlands permit under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit program.

Before obtaining the federal wetlands permit for any activity that may result in a discharge to navigable waters, Section 401 of the Clean Water ...

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