The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a proposed rule regarding jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule is intended to clarify which waters are subject to CWA jurisdiction. EPA maintains that the proposed rule does not change its jurisdiction but only provides greater clarity and certainty as to what constitutes a “water of the U.S.” For more information, review the proposed rule in the Federal Register. Other resources include:
- A question & answer handout on WOTUS
- The proposed definition of WOTUS from the rule
- An economic analysis of the rule prepared by EPA
The proposed rule is open for comment until November 14, 2014. We are not certain if this rule will impact communities in Massachusetts. We encourage you to submit your feedback to the agencies. We’d also like to know what your opinions are! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or continue the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Note: Our original blog post listed the comment period end date as October 20, 2014. The comment period has since been extended to November 14, 2014.