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WPN 2019 Membership Meeting: Success!

The Water Protection Network's 2019 Membership Meeting at the end of October in Washington, DC was a great success! We had nearly 60 people coming together from 17 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC, representing 36 organizations. Thank you to all those who made the meeting possible, including all of our WPN member attendees, the WPN Steering Committee, guest speakers, and our sponsors!

In the course of two days, our meeting included:
  • Meetings with senators, representatives, and staff in 58 Congressional offices to advocate for our bedrock environmental laws, for mainstreaming natural infrastructure use, and for better accounting of ecosystem services in the Corps’ benefit-cost analysis process.
  • Sessions with 16 speakers and moderators – including environmental scientists, natural infrastructure policy experts, former USGS and Corps of Engineers staff, and more – talking about river management and mismanagement impacts, natural infrastructure solutions, advancing equity and inclusion, strategies to stop or improve Corps projects, and legislative priorities for promoting natural infrastructure in water resources planning.
  • Keynote speech and discussion with the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Former Assistant Secretary to the Army-Civil Works.
  • Reception sponsored by the McKnight Foundation for network members and speakers to connect.
Click here for more about the meeting sessions, speakers, and sponsors, and for links to presentations and handouts from the meeting.

If you are interested in joining the WPN Steering Committee or have suggestions for Steering Committee candidates, please email Ilana Rubin at rubini@nwf.org.

Water Resources Development Act Update


Congress is now working on the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the bill that authorizes projects and policy changes for the Corps of Engineers. The Senate is actively writing its WRDA bill and we expect the House to start working on the bill in earnest in January.  During the Water Protection Network's 2019 Membership Meeting, WPN members met with 58 Congressional offices to urge that the next WRDA defend the integrity of the nation's environmental laws, mainstream the use of natural infrastructure to avoid flood and storm damages, and modernize the Corps' benefit-cost analysis process to account for ecosystem services.

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will be holding a hearing on Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 AM EST: "Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act: Promoting Resiliency of our Nation’s Water Resources Infrastructure." A link to more information and a video to watch should be posted on this webpage before the hearing.
 

Learn more:

Opportunities to Engage with the Corps


The Corps of Engineers will be holding webinars on its Revolutionize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works initiative on December 5 and 19 at 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CT on each day. Click here to join the webinars and click here for a form to submit written feedback to the Corps.

The Corps will also be holding an in-person stakeholder meeting with a call-in option on Wednesday, December 11 at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST at the USACE Headquarters in the Government Accountability Office (GAO) building 441 G Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20314, third floor, Room 3M60/70. Click here for the meeting announcement and email Ada Benavides at Ada.Benavides@usace.army.mil for more information or to RSVP.

Federal Funding for 2020


Congress has not yet passed any of the twelve annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020. The current Continuing Resolution that Congress passed at the end of September to fund the federal government and prevent a shutdown will expire on November 21. Congress is now aiming to pass another Continuing Resolution (not yet released as of November 12) to extend funding through December 20, making that the new deadline to pass appropriations bills to avert a government shutdown. 

Selected News & Resources: Pebble Mine, Government Accountability, & More

 

Pebble Mine Project Updates

Clean Water Act News


Reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office

More on Government Accountability and Transparency

Infrastructure, Flooding, & Climate

Pollution

Corps Public Notices


The listings below are Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. Please see past WPN Updates for notices published prior to one month ago and visit FederalRegister.gov, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for complete listings of public notices.
 

Corps of Engineers Notices

EPA Notices

Other Agencies

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