The purpose of the bill is to reaffirm Congress’ commitment to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters, as called for in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to overturn the Trump administration’s WOTUS rule. The legislation directs the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to develop a new rule within two years of enactment to prevent degradation of surface water quality; increased contaminant levels in drinking water sources; increased flooding-related risks to human life or property; and disproportionate adverse impacts on minority or low-income populations.
A summary of the Senate’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 – Title II: Clean Water.
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.