A letter from U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) extending flexibilities to count both off-site and onsite compliance assurance activities in meeting state compliance monitoring commitments through September 2021. (EPA will evaluate the need to extend this date further at that time, if appropriate.) The letter also provides additional clarification on processes and documentation.
Comment Letter: EPA should engage in meaningful collaboration with states before finalizing the Maui Decision guidance and/or a future rule making. Meaningful collaboration includes early engagement, reviewing draft products, identifying intended and unintended consequences, assessing opportunities for state program improvement & enhancement, considering implementation obstacles and challenges, discussing administrative resource implications, and supporting states with… Read More »
ACWA would like to express support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposed rule clarifying that “state or tribal programs approved pursuant to CWA Sections 402 and 404 are not required to include the same criminal intent standard that is applicable to EPA under Section 309 of the CWA.”
The NWPS are an important part of the regulatory system and enable efficient and effective regulatory review of construction and development activities that have a minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental impacts. NWPS are permits used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to permit a wide range of activities that, upon incorporation of identified conditions and mitigation measures, have been determined to result in minimal adverse effects to the environment. NWPS
are useful for project applicants and states because they streamline the permitting processes necessary for approval. However, the states have several concerns, such as the water quality certification process, removal of the 300 linear foot limit for loss of stream bed and pre-construction notice requirements (PCN) with the changes outlined in the proposal and offer the
A letter from EPA informing Governors of the opportunity for engagement meetings on the revised Waters of the U.S. proposal.
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), and the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) urge Congress to preserve states’ ability to protect water quality under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Our members believe that Section 401 is an important tool states can use to protect their waters for the benefit of their citizens.
ACWA and ASDWA’s substantive comments on the “Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria” (Draft LNNC)
ACWA comment letter on EPA’s proposed rule to establish administrative requirements and procedures guidance documents determined to be significant.
ACWA letter to EPA concerning COVID-19-related issues faced by state, interstate, and territorial clean water programs, and a potential strategy to leverage lessons learned going forward in the context of both COVID-19 and future disease outbreaks.
A letter from Congress requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the federal government’s response to harmful algal blooms (HABs). The letter asks GAO to investigate the federal government’s response to HABs and hypoxia, including how it is helping state and local governments address the problem, what adaptation methods are being employed, and officials’ plans… Read More »
ACWA joined a broad coalition of groups supporting USGS streamgage networks and modernization efforts. These vital networks, managed within the USGS Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, provide critical and life-saving information and serve the national interest with continuous streamflow information at over 8,400 locations. Additions to these networks are needed to adequately manage the Nation’s… Read More »
A letter to Congressional leadership as they work on a COVID-19 relief package urging them to fix a potential flaw in the legislation. H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, expands paid sick leave and family medical leave benefits for all public sector employees who are affected by the coronavirus crisis. While we support… Read More »