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National Environmental Policy Act: Phase 1 Rule Finalized


On April 20, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) finalized the Phase 1 rule as part of its two-phase rulemaking process for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process was initiated as a response to the dramatic rollbacks to the NEPA implementing regulations adopted by the Trump Administration. NEPA is the foundational law for ensuring that people have a voice in federal decision-making. NEPA guides the environmental review process for major federal activities that impact the environment, public health, and livelihoods around the country.

This Phase 1 final rule is an important step that reverses some of the most harmful rollbacks to critical NEPA protections. Many WPN members have urged CEQ to use the upcoming Phase 2 rulemaking, expected this summer, to fully restore the 1978 NEPA regulations and then build on those regulations to advance environmental justice, ensure effective evaluation of alternatives and impacts including climate change impacts, increase transparency, and improve public engagement. Please stay tuned for the opportunity to join a large sign-on letter to CEQ emphasizing some of these key priorities for the Phase 2 NEPA rule.

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2023 President's Budget & Corps' Civil Works Budget Press Book Released

At the end of March, the White House released the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). In early April, the Corps of Engineers released its FY23 budget press book, which details the amount of funding that would go to individual projects and programs. The Corps' budget press book provides an overview of all Corps Civil Works funding by business line, and provides project-specific breakdowns by state for the Corps' study, construction, operations and maintenance, and Mississippi River & Tributaries accounts.

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America's Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022 Announced

WPN member American Rivers has released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. This year’s report spotlights ten rivers where climate change and injustice are putting the water supplies and well-being of tens of millions of people at risk. For each river, the report calls for specific solutions, amplifying the leadership of Tribal Nations and frontline advocates. The 2022 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® are:

  1. Colorado River (CO, UT, AZ, NV, CA, WY, NM, Mexico), threatened by climate change and outdated water management
  2. Snake River (ID, WA, OR), threatened by four federal dams
  3. Mobile River (AL), threatened by coal ash contamination 
  4. Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers (ME), threatened by dams
  5. Coosa River (TN, GA, AL), threatened by agricultural pollution
  6. Mississippi River (MN, WI, IL, IA, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS, LA), threatened by pollution and habitat loss
  7. Lower Kern River (CA), threatened by excessive water withdrawals 
  8. San Pedro River (AZ), threatened by excessive water pumping and loss of Clean Water Act protections
  9. Los Angeles River (CA), threatened by development and pollution
  10. Tar Creek (OK), threatened by pollution
American Rivers' America's Most Endangered Rivers logo and text, "Ten Rivers. Ten Solutions. Ten opportunities to make LASTING CHANGE." over a photo of the Mississippi River by Crystal Dorothy & LightHawk.

The Mississippi River is among those listed this year, highlighting the threats that habitat destruction and pollution, combined with climate impacts, pose to millions of people across the basin. To respond to these threats, the listing urges people to call on their Members of Congress to support the Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative (MRRRI) Act. The MRRRI Act would establish a new non-regulatory, geographic program overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that focuses on ecosystem health, conservation and restoration of the Mississippi River. Several WPN members are among the partners for the Mississippi River listing, including Mississippi River Network, Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Friends of the Mississippi River, Healthy Gulf, Conservation Federation of Missouri, and Prairie Rivers Network.

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More News & Resources

WPN members, please email Ilana Rubin to share highlights, news, or resources for future WPN Updates.

Recent Public Notices

Below is a non-comprehensive list of recent Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. Please visit, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for additional public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted to the Corps by WPN members.

Corps of Engineers Notices

Other Agency Notices
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