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Section 401 Water Quality Certification is required for each permit or license issued by a federal agency to ensure that projects will not violate the state's water quality standards or stream designated uses. States are authorized to issue Certification under Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act.
The majority of certification requests are for dredge and fill operations regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Coast Guard issues permits for bridge constuction on navigable waterways. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is responsible for licenses related to hydropower facilities. Applicants must receive State 401 Water Quality Certification before they can receive a permit from the federal agency.
The Division of Water and Waste Management may grant, grant with conditions, waive, or deny 401 Water Quality Certification. The decision to issue certification is based on project compliance with West Virginia Water Quality Standards. Field support for the 401 program is provided by the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section. For federally non-jurisdictional (or isolated) waters, the Division of Water and Waste Management may require a WV State Waters Permit.
401 Certification for mining-related projects is issued by the DEP's Division of Mining and Reclamation.
Public Notice Draft of WV NWP 401 Certification Modification
Application for 401 Certification for Non-Coal Projects
Instrucitons for 401 Certification for Non-Coal Projects
Application for WV State Waters Permit
Instructions for WV State Waters Permit
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contact Information