Join Us April 3rd for the ASDWA-GWPC Webinar on How State Source Water Protection Programs Can Work with Conservation Districts

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) invite you to join us for this webinar that will be held on April 3, 2014 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern time). State drinking water, ground water, clean water, and agriculture programs, EPA Regions, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

The purpose of the webinar is to showcase the new Source Water Collaborative Toolkit and share state source water program experiences from Minnesota and Nebraska in developing relationships and working with their conservation district partners. Participants will hear from state source water protection and conservation partners in these two states as follows:

Nebraska Presenters

  • Ryan Chapman, Wellhead Protection Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Marty Stange, Environmental Supervisor, Hastings Utilities
  • Daryl Andersen, Water Quality Specialist, Little Blue Natural Resource District

Minnesota Presenters

  • Mark Wettlaufer, Source Water Protection Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Aaron Meyer, Source Water Specialist, Minnesota Rural Water Association
  • Carrie Raber, Urban Conservationist, Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District

Webinar Registration
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/532151385. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Release Proposed Rule to Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have jointly released a proposed rule to clarify the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and wetlands and provides definitions that apply to all CWA programs and are consistent with the Supreme Court’s more narrow reading of its jurisdiction.  Following are the highlights for what the proposed rule does and does not include:

The proposed rule does: 

  • Reduce confusion about CWA protection
  • Clarify the types of waters covered under the CWA, based on science to:
    • Protect most seasonal and rain dependent streams
    • Protect wetlands near rivers and streams
    • Allow uncertain connections with other types of waters to be determined by case specific evaluations.
  • Save businesses time and money
  • Provide more benefits to public than costs
  • Help states to protect their waters
  • Preserve existing (and adds new) exemptions and exclusions for agricultural activities

The proposed rule does NOT:

  • Protect any new types of waters
  • Broaden coverage of the CWA
  • Regulate groundwater
  • Expand jurisdiction over ditches

The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 90 days from publication in the Federal Register and the interpretive rule for agricultural activities is effective immediately.  The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort during the 90 day time period to include holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.  For more information, and to view the proposed rule, visit EPA’s web site at:  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters.