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Permit Type

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Permit Description

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Act
(Section 404 Permit)

Issued for the placement of dredged or fill materials into waters of the United States, including wetlands, below the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM).

USACE Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 Authorization
(Section 10 Permit for structures in a navigable waterbody)

Issued for the placement of structures, or work (including discharge of dredged or fill materials and excavation) in, above, or below navigable waters that could obstruct navigability in such waters.

Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
(Section 401 permit)

Issued to ensure that project activities will not result in adverse effects to water quality as defined by the regional water quality control board. Water Quality Certification is required when a Section 404 permit will be issued for a project.

California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Streambed Alteration Agreement
(Section 1602 permit)

Issued for projects that would affect the bed, channel, or banks of a stream, river, or lake, or the adjacent floodplain to the landward extent of riparian vegetation. Typically also considers adverse effects to state-listed wildlife species and proposed minimization measures for those effects.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) Endangered Species Act Take Authorization
(Section 7 “Biological Opinion” or Section 10[a] “take permit”)

Issued for adverse effects to federally listed plant and wildlife species.

DFG California Endangered Species Act (CESA) Take Authorization
(Section 2080.1 or 2081)

Issued for adverse effects to state-listed plant and wildlife species.

California State Reclamation Board Encroachment Permit

Issued for projects that would modify the channels, levees, or designated floodways of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their watersheds.

RWQCB National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit

Issued for the discharge of waste and pollutants into surface waters. Issued to maintain the quality of surface waters and ensure that project actions do not reduce the quality of the water.