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401 Certifications - State Certification of Federal Actions


The Colorado Water Quality Control Division (WQCD) reviews and issues Water Quality Certifications under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for projects or actions that are applicable to the provisions of the Colorado 401 Certification Regulation (WQCC Regulation #82: 5 CCR 1002-82). This regulation applies to certification of permits issued to construct or operate a facility by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to §404 of the CWA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses for hydropower projects, and other federal permits which involve discharge into water of the state, including permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to §402 of the Federal Act.


Certification Resources:
Water Quality Certifications (401 Certification Public Notices):
Additional Resources:


John Hranac (john.hranac@state.co.us (303) 692-3586) or
Scott Garncarz (scott.garncarz@state.co.us (303) 692-2374)
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530