MDE continues to accept and process new incoming Water Permits during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health emergency.
See the Water Permits extension information.
Conowingo Settlement Agreement (PDF)
Wetlands and Waterways Permits Interactive Search Portal
Tier II Review: Nontidal Wetlands and Waterway Construction
Guidance on navigating the broadband permitting process - developed by MDE, DNR, MDOT, MDP and DoIT
The User’s Guide to Streamlining Protective Environmental Permitting & Securing Resource Access offers practical step-by-step advice to internet service project developers that may require state agency environmental permits or access to state owned land and communication infrastructure. The guide was developed as a collaboration between the Maryland Departments of the Environment, Natural Resources, Transportation, Planning and Information Technology.
Tidal Wetland Joint Federal/State Application for the Alteration of any Tidal Wetland in Maryland A.K.A. "Short Form" - Required for submission of all tidal applications effective March 31, 2018
Application Instruction Booklet and Sample Activity Guidelines and Drawings
State Application Processing Procedures
Joint Evaluation Meetings and Link to Form
PreApplication Meetings and Link to Form
Application Fee Schedules
Applications and Forms
Maryland State Programmatic General Permit-5 MDSPGP-5 (effective October 1, 2016) from the Army Corps of Engineers website
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust grant program to provide funds for nontidal wetland restoration, creation, and enhancement projects throughout Maryland.
Notice: Use of the new JPA Tidal Short Form is being required for submission of tidal applications effective March 31, 2018.(JPA_Tidal_ShortForm_Notice_of_Use.pdf)
Notice of Intent to Revise Maryland's Nontidal Wetland Mitigation Regulations
Requesting Feedback on Methodology to Revise Nontidal Wetland ILF Rates
Best Management Practices for Working in Nontidal Wetlands, Wetland Buffers, Waterways, and 100-Year Floodplains
Tidal Wetland Regulations for Living Shorelines
Board of Marine Contractors information has been moved to the Environmental Boards page, near the bottom.
MDOT SHA/I-495 I-270 Managed Lane Study - Joint Public Notice, July 10, 2020 - MDE, Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Tracking Numbers 20-NT-0114 / 202060649 / AI 168251, COE Application Number NAB-2018-02152
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company - Del-Mar Energy Virtual Informational Public Hearing
A virtual public informational hearing was held on July 7, 2020.
For project plans and a video recording of the hearing, please see the
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company project web page.
CREG/Westport I, LLC - Abingdon Business Park - Notice of Permit Decision, 6/11/2020 Comment period closed on December 11, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
Cape St. Claire Improvement Association project
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Regional General Permit (Bay TMDL RGP) - Request for Water Quality Certification and Coastal Zone Consistency Determination, 20-WQC-0029/202060616, Public Notice: April 22, 2020
CS Patuxent Greens and City of Laurel -- Permit Package (18-NT-0067) - Permit issued July 29, 2019
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Key Crossing Public Hearing, May 14, 2019 - transcript (PDF, 23 pages)
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal proposed maintenance dredging - Application for Water Quality Certification (application # 19-WQC-01) / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Exelon Application for Water Quality Certification
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project / Exelon - Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project / FERC Project No. P-405 / MDE WSA Application No. 17-WQC-02 - April 27, 2018 (PDF, 59 pages, 3 MB)
Public Hearing re: Exelon Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam License Renewal, et al. - Full Transcript of Hearing conducted on December 5, 2017
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Public Comment Period Extended to January 15, 2018. At the Public Hearing on December 5, 2017, MDE announced that the public comment period was extended to January 15, 2018.
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Public Hearing Announcement for December 5, 2017 (Announcement dated October 13, 2017)
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Second Comment Period - Public Comments Received (Post-October 13, 2017)
Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Initial Comment Period - Public Comments Received (Post-July 10, 2017)
Public Notice of August 8, 2017 - Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Public Comment Period Extended through August 23, 2017
Public Notice of July 10, 2017 - Conowingo Hydroelectric Project - Exelon Application for Water Quality Certification
Challenges to the Water Quality Certification
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health emergency, the public informational hearing previously scheduled for April 2, 2020 has been CANCELED.
Conowingo Pilot Dredge Project/MES - Public Notice - March 15, 2020
Conowingo Pilot Dredge Project/MES - Application - March 2020 (PDF, 103 pages, 7MB)
Conowingo Pilot Dredge Project/MES - Public Notice - May 15, 2018
Conowingo Pilot Dredge Project/MES - Notice of Public Informational Hearing for a State Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permit and the Opportunity to Provide Comments - May 14, 2018
Conowingo Pilot Dredge Project/MES - Application for a State Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permit No. 201860797/18-NT-0152 - May 8, 2018 (PDF, 166 pages, 22MB)
Somerset County Recreation and Parks - Maryland Route 413 Bike Path (201860224/18-NT-2013)
Permit Package (PDF)
Impact Plates (PDF)
Tradepoint Atlantic Wetlands License No. 13-0966(R2)
Wetland Conservation Plan
MDE's Regulatory Decision Timeline for the Charles County Cross County Connector project
Supplements to US Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual
Priority Areas for Wetland Restoration, Preservation, and Mitigation
Shore Erosion Control Guidelines - Marsh Creation (1.4 MB)
Shore Erosion Control Guidelines for Waterfront Property Owners - 2nd Edition (2.1 MB)
Please visit the Wetlands Work website, a resource for landowners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Restoration and Restoration Funding
Programmatic Wetland Mitigation: description of sites by county or watershed
Effectiveness of Maryland Compensatory Mitigation Program
Rapid Mitigation Site Scoring Method
Structural Shoreline Stablilization Maps
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