33 CFR 320.2 - Authorities to issue permits.

§ 320.2 Authorities to issue permits.
(a) Section 9 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, approved March 3, 1899 (33 U.S.C. 401) (hereinafter referred to as section 9), prohibits the construction of any dam or dike across any navigable water of the United States in the absence of Congressional consent and approval of the plans by the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of the Army. Where the navigable portions of the waterbody lie wholly within the limits of a single state, the structure may be built under authority of the legislature of that state if the location and plans or any modification thereof are approved by the Chief of Engineers and by the Secretary of the Army. The instrument of authorization is designated a permit (See 33 CFR part 321.) Section 9 also pertains to bridges and causeways but the authority of the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Engineers with respect to bridges and causeways was transferred to the Secretary of Transportation under the Department of Transportation Act of October 15, 1966 (49 U.S.C. 1155g(6)(A)). A DA permit pursuant to section 404 of the Clean Water Act is required for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States associated with bridges and causeways. (See 33 CFR part 323.)
(b) Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act approved March 3, 1899, (33 U.S.C. 403) (hereinafter referred to as section 10), prohibits the unauthorized obstruction or alteration of any navigable water of the United States. The construction of any structure in or over any navigable water of the United States, the excavating from or depositing of material in such waters, or the accomplishment of any other work affecting the course, location, condition, or capacity of such waters is unlawful unless the work has been recommended by the Chief of Engineers and authorized by the Secretary of the Army. The instrument of authorization is designated a permit. The authority of the Secretary of the Army to prevent obstructions to navigation in navigable waters of the United States was extended to artificial islands, installations, and other devices located on the seabed, to the seaward limit of the outer continental shelf, by section 4(f) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 as amended (43 U.S.C. 1333(e)). (See 33 CFR part 322.)
(c) Section 11 of the Rivers and Harbors Act approved March 3, 1899, (33 U.S.C. 404), authorizes the Secretary of the Army to establish harbor lines channelward of which no piers, wharves, bulkheads, or other works may be extended or deposits made without approval of the Secretary of the Army. Effective May 27, 1970, permits for work shoreward of those lines must be obtained in accordance with section 10 and, if applicable, section 404 of the Clean Water Act (see § 320.4(o) of this part).
(d) Section 13 of the Rivers and Harbors Act approved March 3, 1899, (33 U.S.C. 407), provides that the Secretary of the Army, whenever the Chief of Engineers determines that anchorage and navigation will not be injured thereby, may permit the discharge of refuse into navigable waters. In the absence of a permit, such discharge of refuse is prohibited. While the prohibition of this section, known as the Refuse Act, is still in effect, the permit authority of the Secretary of the Army has been superseded by the permit authority provided the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the states under sections 402 and 405 of the Clean Water Act, (33 U.S.C. 1342 and 1345). (See 40 CFR parts 124 and 125.)
(e) Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act approved March 3, 1899, (33 U.S.C. 408), provides that the Secretary of the Army, on the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers, may grant permission for the temporary occupation or use of any sea wall, bulkhead, jetty, dike, levee, wharf, pier, or other work built by the United States. This permission will be granted by an appropriate real estate instrument in accordance with existing real estate regulations.
(f) Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) (hereinafter referred to as section 404) authorizes the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to issue permits, after notice and opportunity for public hearing, for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the waters of the United States at specified disposal sites. (See 33 CFR part 323.) The selection and use of disposal sites will be in accordance with guidelines developed by the Administrator of EPA in conjunction with the Secretary of the Army and published in 40 CFR part 230. If these guidelines prohibit the selection or use of a disposal site, the Chief of Engineers shall consider the economic impact on navigation and anchorage of such a prohibition in reaching his decision. Furthermore, the Administrator can deny, prohibit, restrict or withdraw the use of any defined area as a disposal site whenever he determines, after notice and opportunity for public hearing and after consultation with the Secretary of the Army, that the discharge of such materials into such areas will have an unacceptable adverse effect on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds and fishery areas, wildlife, or recreational areas. (See 40 CFR part 230).
(g) Section 103 of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1413) (hereinafter referred to as section 103), authorizes the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to issue permits, after notice and opportunity for public hearing, for the transportation of dredged material for the purpose of disposal in the ocean where it is determined that the disposal will not unreasonably degrade or endanger human health, welfare, or amenities, or the marine environment, ecological systems, or economic potentialities. The selection of disposal sites will be in accordance with criteria developed by the Administrator of the EPA in consultation with the Secretary of the Army and published in 40 CFR parts 220 through 229. However, similar to the EPA Administrator's limiting authority cited in paragraph (f) of this section, the Administrator can prevent the issuance of a permit under this authority if he finds that the disposal of the material will result in an unacceptable adverse impact on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds, wildlife, fisheries, or recreational areas. (See 33 CFR part 324).

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS

§ 401 - Construction of bridges, causeways, dams or dikes generally; exemptions

§ 402 - Construction of bridges, etc., over Illinois and Mississippi Canal

§ 403 - Obstruction of navigable waters generally; wharves; piers, etc.; excavations and filling in

§ 403a - Creation or continuance of obstruction of navigable waters

§ 403b - Lighting at docks and boat launching facilities

§ 404 - Establishment of harbor lines; conditions to grants for extension of piers, etc.

§ 405 - Establishment and modification of harbor lines on Potomac and Anacostia Rivers

§ 406 - Penalty for wrongful construction of bridges, piers, etc.; removal of structures

§ 407 - Deposit of refuse in navigable waters generally

§ 407a - Deposit of debris of mines and stamp works

§ 408 - Taking possession of, use of, or injury to harbor or river improvements

§ 409 - Obstruction of navigable waters by vessels; floating timber; marking and removal of sunken vessels

§ 410 - Exception as to floating loose timber, sack rafts, etc.; violation of regulations; penalty

§ 411 - Penalty for wrongful deposit of refuse; use of or injury to harbor improvements, and obstruction of navigable waters generally

§ 412 - Liability of masters, pilots, etc., and of vessels engaged in violations

§ 413 - Duty of United States attorneys and other Federal officers in enforcement of provisions; arrest of offenders

§ 414 - Removal by Secretary of the Army of sunken water craft generally; liability of owner, lessee, or operator

§ 415 - Summary removal of water craft obstructing navigation; liability of owner, lessee, or operator

§ 416 - Appropriations for removal of sunken water craft

§ 417 - Expenses of investigations by Department of the Army

§ 418 - Provisions for protection of New York Harbor unaffected

§ 419 - Regulation by Secretary governing transportation and dumping of dredgings, refuse, etc., into navigable waters; oyster lands; appropriations

§ 419a - Management practices to extend capacity and useful life of dredged material disposal areas

§ 420 - Piers and cribs on Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers

§ 421 - Deposit of refuse, etc., in Lake Michigan near Chicago

§ 422 - Modification and extension of harbor lines at Chicago

§ 423 - Establishment of pierhead and bulkhead lines in Wilmington Harbor, California

§ 424 - Establishment of pierhead or bulkhead lines in Newport Harbor, California

§ 424a - Modification of harbor lines in Newport Harbor, California

§ 425 - Omitted

§ 426 - Investigations concerning erosion of shores of coastal and lake waters

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426a - Additional investigations concerning erosion of shores of coastal and lake waters; payment of costs; “shores” defined

§ 426b - Applicability of existing laws; projects referred to Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors

§ 426c - Report by Coastal Engineering Research Center

§ 426d - Payment of expenses

§ 426e - Federal aid in protection of shores

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426f - Reimbursements

§ 426g - Storm and hurricane restoration and impact minimization program

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426h - Repealed.

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426i - Shore damage prevention or mitigation

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426j - Repealed.

§ 426k - Five year demonstration program to temporarily increase diversion of water from Lake Michigan at Chicago, Illinois

33 U.S. Code § -

§ 426m - Collection and removal of drift and debris from publicly maintained commercial boat harbors and adjacent land and water areas

§ 426n - Technical assistance to States and local governments; cost sharing

33 U.S. Code § -

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

33 U.S. Code § 361 to 368 - Repealed.

§ 426p - Corps of Engineers

§ 427 to 430 - Repealed. July 31, 1945, ch. 334,

§ 1344 - Permits for dredged or fill material

§ 1413 - Dumping permit program for dredged material