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Conservation Service
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Athens, GA, 30601
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Release No.: 0008.19   ­

Diane Guthrie
(706) 546-2277

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ATHENS, GA, August 21, 2019 -- State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) formally announced today, the revocation of the Field Level Agreement (FLA) between the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District and the NRCS in Georgia. This is retroactive to January 1, 2019.

The FLA, which had been in place since 2006, laid out expected roles of the NRCS as it relates to wetland determinations and determinations of regulated and unregulated activities in Georgia.

The two parties had been in discussion for a few years about how to provide an updated approach to service our mutual customers seeking information about building or maintaining farm ponds as governed by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). As a result, the USACE has released a document titled, “Farm Pond Guide”, to assist producers who wish to construct or maintain a farm pond located in a stream, wetland or other water of the United States.

NRCS has a long history of working with farmers and ranchers and helping them meet the needs of the land, and that’s not changing. However, our very limited role in the past regarding farm pond exemptions under the Clean Water Act did need some updating,” said Rudolph. “We are pleased the USACE has provided this new guide that streamlines a path forward for those Georgians who work hard every day to feed, clothe and shelter us.”

For more information from NRCS about the revocation of the FLA and the new USACE Farm Pond Guide, you can visit To learn more about how NRCS supports America’s working lands, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit the Georgia NRCS website at You can also find the latest information on all the 2018 Farm Bill resources for farmers and ranchers available from USDA visit