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 »
The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers published the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register on April 21, 2020. The final rule defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The rule will become effective on June 22, 2020.
An order from the District Court in Montana regarding Nationwide Permit 12.
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 critical… Read More »
ACWA and ASDWA have co-signed on a request for a minimum of a 60 day extension to the comment period for EPA’s supplemental notice on the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science proposed rulemaking.
On March 26, 2020 Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine sighed a memo announcing a “temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during this time.” EPA plans to “exercise the enforcement discretion specified below for noncompliance covered by this temporary policy” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and that make a good faith effort to comply.… 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 »
Below is a list of emerging approaches, followed by state/interstate-specific resource pages and supplemental information. Note: States and interstates are continually adapting their COVID-19 response. In some cases, a state is managing COVID-19 resources, advisories, and adjustments to programmatic Standard Operating Procedures centrally, rather than through applicable departments or programs (i.e. state/interstate clean water programs).… Read More »
Presentations from the 2020 National Stormwater Roundtable.
In February 2020, ACWA jointly submitted comments with ASDWA and ECOS in response to EPA’s ANPRM, “Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Docket # EPA-HQ-TRI-2019-0375).”
ACWA used Microsoft Word redlines to compared the 2019 Proposed Rule Redefining “Waters of the United States” to the 2020 final rule defining “Waters of the United States”, known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
Released in pre-publication form by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on January 23, 2020, the Navigable Waters Protection Act: Waters of the United States Definition provided the agencies’ final rule defining “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act.