Governing Law and Regulations
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Water Quality Control Division (WQCD)
Colorado Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Sacramento District Western Colorado Regulatory Office (North of the Continental Divide and West of the Palmer Divide drainage basins)
Albuquerque District Southern Colorado Regulatory Office (South of the Continental Divide drainage basin)
Omaha District Tri-Lakes Project Office (North of the Continental Divide and East of the Palmer Divide drainage basins)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Any activity that involves dredging or filling wetlands areas in Colorado requires a federal permit and state water quality certification under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401. Since Colorado includes wetlands in its definition of "state waters," wetlands are also subject to state water discharge permits ...