The week of September 17, 2019, ACWA hosted the 2019 National NPDES Permit Writers Workshop in Washington, DC. In total, 125 people participated at this meeting with representatives from 41 states, 7 EPA regions, ACWA staff and EPA Headquarters. We also had 100+ people participate in this meeting remotely. Topics for this meeting included permit… Read More »
Our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019 highlights the accomplishments and efforts of ACWA members.
EPA memo on Clean Water Hazardous Substances Spill Prevention under sec. 311. The memo outlines the agency’s reasoning for declining to issue new Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements to prevent or contain industrial chemical spills.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published for public comment a proposed rule providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act) section 401. The deadline for comments is October 21, 2019. You may find the proposed rule along with ACWA’s summary below.
On August 6, 2019, the Office of Water issued a policy for managing draft documents. EPA often issues guidance and policy documents related to the national program. In some cases, the Office of Water has issued these documents in draft form but not taken steps to timely issue them in final form. This has caused… Read More »
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing for public comment a proposed rule providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act) section 401. EPA will accept comments for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. ACWA’s summary… Read More »
EPA is publishing for public comment a proposed rule providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under the CWA sec. 401. EPA will accept comments for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
In FYs 2017 and 2018, the EPA exceeded its deregulatory expectations under EO 13771. In addition, the EPA exceeded the savings goals associated with the EO. Specifically, in FY 2017, the EPA achieved an annualized cost savings of $21.5 million via 16 deregulatory actions and one regulatory action. In FY 2018, the EPA achieved an… Read More »
The purpose of this guidance is to clarify timeframes and improve efficiency for receiving Section 401 Water Quality Certification (401 WQC) decisions from the certifying agency pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 1341 as promulgated at 33 CFR 325.2(b)(1). This guidance will also clarify the Corps’ 401 WQC waiver determination process and responsibilities when the Corps… Read More »
In late 2018, ACWA Watershed’s Committee Co-Chairs Jeff Berckes and Traci Iott, along with ACWA staffer Julian Gonzalez, conducted interviews with state representatives covering a wide range of topics on the 303(d) / TMDL program. The results of those interviews were compiled and combined into the report below.
Thank you for your February 20, 2019 letter regarding Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 and your thoughtful list of potential process reforms.
ACWA and ASDWA’s comment letters on reuse: Comments on the publicly-available draft National Water Reuse Action Plan, and initial Comments on the Development of a draft Water Reuse Action Plan – [Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW2019-0174]