WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) (collectively, the companies) will host a digital Southeast-focused regional roundtable on “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on June 23, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
View the livestream for this Southeast roundtable.
The digital roundtable was organized by the North Carolina Farm Bureau and is one in every of ten roundtables supposed to focus on numerous views and regional experiences on WOTUS implementation. Through these engagements, the companies will hear from contributors representing agriculture, conservation teams, builders, ingesting water and wastewater managers, environmental organizations, communities with environmental justice considerations, trade, Tribal nations, and state and native governments.
The regional roundtables are an necessary mechanism for the EPA and the Army to think about the regional points and variation in implementation of WOTUS, given the varied water high quality and amount circumstances in several components of the United States. The regional roundtables will present alternatives for roundtable contributors to debate matters of their selecting, together with geographic similarities and variations, explicit water sources which can be attribute of or distinctive to every area, and site-specific suggestions about the best way WOTUS has been carried out by the companies.
More info on public engagement, together with hyperlinks to view the roundtables.
More info on “waters of the United States.”
The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollution from a degree supply to navigable waters except in any other case approved below the Act. Navigable waters are outlined within the Act as “the waters of the United States, together with the territorial seas.” Thus, “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) is a threshold time period establishing the geographic scope of federal jurisdiction below the Clean Water Act. The time period “waters of the United States” isn’t outlined by the Act however has been outlined by EPA and the Army in rules because the Nineteen Seventies and collectively carried out within the companies’ respective programmatic actions.