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United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

2118 W. Park Court, Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217/353-6600 Fax: 217/353-6676 Website:

DATE: April 10, 2013

SUBJECT:  ENG – National Engineering Handbook (NEH), Part 650, Engineering Field Handbook (EFH)

Purpose:  To announce an update to the Illinois supplement for Chapter 16, Guide to Permits for Streambank work in Illinois Effective Date.

Expiration Date:  Upon receipt

Explanation: The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) has updated the nationwide permits for the Clean Water Act 404 program. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) subsequently certified the nationwide permit program as meeting the state of Illinois’s water quality standards.

Some minor changes to the nationwide permit program affect Illinois NRCS streambank work. The relevant IL supplement to EFH Chapter 16 has been updated accordingly. Some items updated include the removal of the term “High Value Watersheds” and the removal of the riprap volume requirement for stone toe protection.

The Illinois NRCS Engineering website will be updated with these changes at

Filing Instructions:

Holders of hardcopy Engineering Field Handbook binders should:

  1. Archive IL EFH Supplement IL16-1(1) to IL16-1(3)
  2. Print out the attached supplement on green paper and file in the EFH Chapter 16 directly after the EFH page of the same number:
  1. IL EFH supplement IL650.1600 (d), page IL 16-1(1) through IL 16-1(3)

Questions regarding this submittal should be directed to the Area Engineer.

Ivan Dozier
State Conservationist

DIST: All IL NRCS Employees
All IL SWCD Employees


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EFHNotice61SignedIDozier.pdf  [PDF, 95kb]

Streambank Permit Guidelines
IL61EFH_Ch16_Strem_Permit_Guide.pdf [PDF, 30kb]


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