Clean Water Act Section 404/401
Waters of the United States, including lakes, streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Section 404 and Section 401 of the CWA regulates the discharge pollutant into waters of the United States. There are a variety of Section 404 and 401 permits designated for specific activities. Earth Source has over 25 years experience with the Section 404 and 401 permit process and guide our clients along the most environmentally and economically sound path through the regulations.
State Wetland Permits
The State of Michigan administers Sectioni 404 of the CWA in most areas of the state through Public Act 451. Other states have implemented regulations to protect isolated waters not covered under the CWA. Earth Source assists our clients in navigating State and local regulations to obtain permits and, when necessary develop mitigation plans to compensate for unavoidable impacts.
Floodway/Flood Plain Permits
States and many local government agencies regulate activities within designated Floodway and Floodplain areas. Earth Source can assist our clients in obtaining these permits and develop plans for floodway mitigation and floodplain compensation.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
As required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) must be prepared for most construction projects in excess of one acre in size. In the state of Indiana, a Notice of Intent (NOI) and SWPPP are required under “Rule 5” (327 IAC 15-5) as administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Since the initial roll-out of this Rule, over 20 years ago, Earth Source has prepared and submitted numerous plans, per IDEM guidelines, for necessary local and state approvals.