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Legal Challenges Could Flow from Tributary Definition

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army announced the Clean Water Rule, which is intended to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act in determining jurisdictional waters. The Clean Water Rule generally maintains the current status of municipal separate storm sewer systems and encourages the use of green […]

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EPA and US Army Finalize the Clean Water Rule

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule, which will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.  According to EPA and the Army, the rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making […]

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Isolated Wetlands Essential for Clean Water, Study Says

Geographically isolated wetlands play a large role in providing clean water and other environmental benefits even though they may lack the regulatory protections of other wetlands, according to an article by Indiana University (IU) researchers and colleagues. Citing research literature, the article, “Geographically Isolated Wetlands Are Important Biogeochemical Reactors on the Landscape,” says geographically isolated […]

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EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy testified at a Joint Senate and House hearing, defending the agencies’ jointly proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The agencies’ rulemaking attempts to clarify uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s reach following […]

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WEF Submits Comments on WOTUS

On Nov. 14, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Waters of the United States proposed rule. WEF supports EPA’s intent in protecting the nation’s waters while providing input on how the proposed rule may be clarified. WEF comments focus on key […]

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Defining Waters of the U.S. and the Effects on Stormwater

With comments due Nov. 14, this article examines points of intersection between the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and the stormwater sector with viewpoints from stakeholders across the U.S.

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EPA Science Advisory Board Reviews Draft Connectivity Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed Waters of the United States rule to November 14. The additional extension provides time for commenters to review and consider recommendations from EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on a draft report that provides the […]

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House Passes Bill Blocking WOTUS

On Sept. 8, the Executive Office of the President issued a statement of administration policy expressing support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) joint Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking. According to the statement, President Obama would likely veto H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States […]

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Stakeholders Call for Clarification on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

On June 11, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment convened a hearing on “Potential Impacts of Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.” Administration witnesses included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy. Both Perciasepe and Darcy […]

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Proposed WOTUS Rule Now Open for Public Comment

On April 21, a 182-day public comment period opened on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Comments can be submitted until Oct. 20. The rule seeks to clarify the definition of waters subject to the regulatory scope of the Clean Water Act, […]

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