7 U.S. Code § 2006e - Prohibition on use of loans for certain purposes

The Secretary shall not approve any loan under this chapter to drain, dredge, fill, level, or otherwise manipulate a wetland (as defined in section 3801(a)(16) [1] of title 16), or to engage in any activity that results in impairing or reducing the flow, circulation, or reach of water, except in the case of activity related to the maintenance of previously converted wetlands, or in the case of such activity that is already commenced before November 28, 1990. This section shall not apply to a loan made or guaranteed under this chapter for a utility line.

(Pub. L. 87–128, title III, § 363, as added Pub. L. 101–624, title XVIII, § 1824, Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3831; amended Pub. L. 102–237, title V, § 501(i), Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1868; Pub. L. 104–127, title VII, § 751, Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1129.)
References in Text

For definition of “this chapter”, referred to in text, see note set out under section 1921 of this title.

Section 3801(a) of title 16, referred to in text, was subsequently amended, and section 3801(a)(16) no longer defines the term “wetland”. However, such term is defined elsewhere in that section.


1996—Pub. L. 104–127 inserted at end “This section shall not apply to a loan made or guaranteed under this chapter for a utility line.”

1991—Pub. L. 102–237 inserted a closing parenthesis after “3801(a)(16) of title 16” and substituted “before November 28, 1990” for “prior to the date of enactment of this section”.

Effective Date of 1991 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 102–237 effective as if included in the provision of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Pub. L. 101–624, to which the amendment relates, see section 1101(b)(3) of Pub. L. 102–237, set out as a note under section 1421 of this title.