Mississippi Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Mississippi Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mississippi Coastal Wetlands Protection Act, Mississippi Code Annotated (MS Code Ann.) 49-27-1 to 49-27-71

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Mississippi Coastal Program (MCP): MS Code Ann. 57-15-6

Permit process: MS Code Ann. 49-27-5

Exclusions: MS Code Ann. 49-27-7

Applications: MS Code Ann. 49-27-11

Material removal charges: MS Code Ann. 49-27-61

Fees: MS Code Ann. 49-27-9

Penalties: MS Code Ann. 49-27-55

Regulatory Agencies

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Pollution Control

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District Office Nashville District Office Memphis District Office Mobile District Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In addition to state water quality certification required under federal dredge and fill permits, under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi Coastal Wetlands Protection Act, Mississippi requires a permit for certain activities that may affect coastal wetlands.

Many activities affecting wetlands in the state are regulated under the Corps's nationwide permits. There are no specific state or local requirements for inland wetland management. However, local building codes may contain certain soil erosion and sedimentation management controls that protect wetland areas. For more information about federal wetlands requirements, see the national section WETLANDS.

The state also has specific regulations regarding the construction of various types of structures that impact wetlands.

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