Tag Archives: Clean Water Act guidance

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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Through the Rapids: The Rocky Ride of the Stormwater Rule

Seth Brown, WEF stormwater program and policy director, discusses possible reasons and implications for the national stormwater rule not moving forward.

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EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule clarifying protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Also known as the Waters of the United States rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. According […]

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Expert Panel Provides Recommendations on Waterbody Connectivity Report

From Dec. 16–18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a meeting of an assembled Science Advisory Board Panel to review the agency’s draft water body connectivity report, released in late September. The panel found inconsistencies between the evidence provided in the report, which synthesized 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, and the conclusions drawn. According to the […]

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EPA Releases Report on Water Body Connectivity

In late September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board released a draft version of Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. The final report will provide guidance to the joint EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rulemaking aimed at clarifying the scope […]

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U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Halt Clean Water Act Guidance

On March 28, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R–Wyo.) and 29 Republican senators introduced the Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act, which would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing their joint Clean Water Act guidance. The senators express concern that the guidance is in violation of the […]

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WEF Comments on Draft Guidance on Waters of the U.S.

On July 31, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) submitted comments on the Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act. This guidance was jointly released May 2 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clarify which U.S. waterbodies are subject to Clean Water […]

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