Regulatory Coordination Pre-Application Meeting Request
Applicants seeking a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP)/Section 401 Water Quality Certification and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit can request a regulatory coordination meeting if the proposal is complex and/or a large-scale project with the potential to significantly impact water resources, especially those in which permittee-responsible mitigation (PRM) is proposed. If you have a project proposal that meets a category listed below, you may request a regulatory coordination meeting with TDEC and USACE personnel on one of the dates provided below.
- Complex Projects
- Dual TDEC/USACE jurisdiction
- Impacts exceed TDEC General ARAP conditions and require a USACE Nationwide Permit or a 404 Individual Permit
- Potential for cumulative impacts (TDEC Memo-Clarification on Cumulative Impact Assessment and
Aquatic Resource Alteration Activities Associated with a Common Plan of Development)
- May require compensatory mitigation by one or both agencies to offset adverse environmental impacts to waters of the state or waters of the U.S.
- Permittee-Responsible Mitigation:
- Projects seeking aquatic resource mitigation to offset adverse environmental impacts through PRM
- Requires a site visit before permit authorization
Before requesting a pre-application meeting, consider whether your project can benefit from regulatory coordination. If your project is accepted for a pre-application meeting, you will be provided up to one hour to make an informal presentation to overview:
- The scope and size of the project
- The purpose and need for the project
- Alternatives considered
- Water resources that will be impacted
- Presence of threatened and endangered species or their habitat
In return you will receive input from the regulatory agencies related to regulatory project review and potential mitigation requirements. Applicants are encouraged to use the PRM guidance document to create a compensatory mitigation plan.
To request a pre-application meeting, please send a brief description of the project to Scott.Hall@tn.gov.
You may be contacted for additional information before a meeting can be scheduled.
2020 Dates Planned: