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, […]
Seth Brown, WEF stormwater program and policy director, discusses possible reasons and implications for the national stormwater rule not moving forward.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 submitted comments on the Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act.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 […]
The Obama administration recently released a national clean water framework to outline responsibilities of several agencies in protecting U.S. waters. It includes a guidance document drafted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defining which U.S. waterbodies are subject to Clean Water Act regulations. The Water Environment Federation initiated a conference call […]