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EPA and USACE Propose Clean Water Act Clarifications

EPA and USACE Propose Clean Water Act Clarifications

In an attempt to increase efficiency in determining the coverage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), EPA and USACE have teamed up to solicit information and data from the public; the scientific community; and tribal, state, and local resource agencies to better define certain terminology within the CWA such as “waters of the United States” and “other waters” as well as to inquire which waters should be out of jurisdiction for certain CWA criteria.

“We are clarifying protection for the upstream waters that are absolutely vital to downstream communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Clean water is essential to every single American, from families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations.”

"America's waters and wetlands are valuable resources that must be protected today and for future generations,” said Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy. “Today's rulemaking will better protect our aquatic resources, by strengthening the consistency, predictability, and transparency of our jurisdictional determinations. The rule's clarifications will result in a better public service nationwide."

Information was obtained from EPA and Civil Works Prepublication Version of the Proposed Rule and EPA’s Press Release regarding this proposal. 

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