EPA and Army Host West-Focused Virtual Regional WOTUS Roundtable | US EPA


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) (collectively, the companies) will host a digital West-focused regional roundtable on “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on June 24, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

View the livestream for this West roundtable.

The digital roundtable was organized by the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, Montana Association of Counties, and Idaho Association of Counties and is one among ten roundtables meant to focus on various views and regional experiences on WOTUS implementation. Through these engagements, the companies will hear from individuals representing agriculture, conservation teams, builders, consuming water and wastewater managers, environmental organizations, communities with environmental justice issues, trade, Tribal nations, and state and native governments.

The regional roundtables are an necessary mechanism for the EPA and the Army to contemplate the regional points and variation in implementation of WOTUS, given the various water high quality and amount circumstances in numerous elements of the United States. The regional roundtables will present alternatives for roundtable individuals to debate subjects of their selecting, together with geographic similarities and variations, explicit water assets which are attribute of or distinctive to every area, and site-specific suggestions about the way in which WOTUS has been applied by the companies.

More data on public engagement, together with hyperlinks to view the roundtables.

More data on “waters of the United States.”

Background

The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollution from some extent supply to navigable waters until in any other case licensed 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” will not be outlined by the Act however has been outlined by EPA and the Army in laws for the reason that Nineteen Seventies and collectively applied within the companies’ respective programmatic actions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.