Colorado Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Colorado Water Quality Control Act, Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-8-101 et seq.

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Wetlands classifications: 5 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1002-31 Sections 11 to 13

Water quality certification: CRS 25-8-302(f) and 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 3

Certification options: 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 5

Request for certification: 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 4

Water quality certification criteria: 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 5

Antidegradation: 5 CCR 1002-21 Section 16

Effluent limitations regulations: 5 CCR 1002-62 to 1002-63

Appeals: 5 CCR 1002-21 Section 10

Inspection: 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 5

Ownership or activity changes: 5 CCR 1002-82 Section 5

Regulatory Agencies

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 ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements