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  • Friday, May 29, 2015

    EPA/Corps Finalize CWA WOTUS Rule

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    On Thursday, May 27, the Obama Administration released its controversial final rule on what constitutes a “water of the U.S.” jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced the rule and claimed to be setting “brighter lines” for determining the scope of the CWA in their final rule to be used in determining regulated waters, aiming to address concerns about uncertainty in the proposed version of the rule, such as clarifying when waters have a “significant nexus” triggering CWA jurisdiction.

    According to the final rule, waters within a 100-year floodplain of other waters would be subject to case -by-case jurisdictional analysis, as would several types of waters where such an analysis is needed to determine a “significant nexus” to jurisdictional waters.  Many other water features, such as ditches with ephemeral flow that are not a relocated tributary or excavated in a tributary, groundwater, erosional features, and stormwater control features would be excluded from CWA jurisdiction.  We are still reviewing the final rule and will have more details later this week.  The rule and EPA press release/fact sheets can be found at www.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule.  


  • Friday, May 29, 2015

    WOTUS Focus of Senate EPW/Small Business Hearings Last Week

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    Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife held a hearing on S. 1140, the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act”, a bipartisan sponsored bill to require the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a new regulation revising the definition of the term ‘‘waters of the United States’’, and for other purposes (the “other purposes” including requiring the agencies to withdraw the current proposed rule on WOTUS and to meet certain criteria through a new proposed rule developed through collaborative outreach to states and other stakeholders). 


  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Don’t Miss Friday’s Closing Session at Annual Conference!

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    You won’t want to miss the program that we have scheduled for Friday’s plated breakfast and Closing Session. First, FAC will swear in the newly elected officers and Board of Directors. Then, we will hear from Avish Parashar an energetic and humorous speaker who uses his 20+ years of experience performing, teaching and studying improv comedy to show organizations and individuals how to deal with the unexpected--quickly, effectively, and with a sense of humor. Avish is the author of "Improvise to Success!" and the Amazon best-seller, "Say 'Yes, And!'" He has also created dozens of other products on applying improvisation skills to business and life. 

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