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What's Included This Week:

Mark Your Calendar for the WPN 2019 Membership Meeting!

Save the Date! The Water Protection Network's 2019 Membership Meeting will be on October 29 to 30, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Pebble Mine Comment Period Extended to July 1


The Army Corps of Engineers recently clarified that the public comment period for the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) ends on Monday, July 1 in order to end on a weekday, instead of the initially announced extension to Saturday, June 29. The proposed Pebble Mine would devastate Bristol Bay's pristine wilderness in Alaska, home to a vast array of wildlife including the world's greatest wild salmon fishery.
 
Take Action: Please help us amplify opposition and generate more comments against Pebble Mine by sharing the links below for action alerts, blogs, and social media content by WPN members: Submit comments directly to the Corps here or by email to drafteis@comments.pebbleprojecteis.com, and read the Draft Environmental Impact StatementSubmit all comments by the Monday, July 1, 2019 deadline.

Stay tuned for a group sign-on letter opposing the Pebble Mine project and the deeply flawed DEIS! 
 

More Information and Recent News:

Interior-EPA and Energy-Water Appropriations Bills Unveiled


Last week, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled a draft Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (Energy-Water bill), which funds the Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.  The House Appropriations Committee also a draft Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (Interior-Environment bill), which funds EPA and the Department of the Interior.

The committee report on the Energy-Water bill would require the Corps of Engineers to implement the Water Resources Planning Principles, Requirements and Guideline (PR&G) that were developed pursuant to the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 – full implementation of the PR&G has long been a major priority for the WPN. The report also directs important funding for natural infrastructure and significantly increases funding for Everglades restoration.

The Interior-Environment report and bill advance funding for green infrastructure in multiple programs and addressing PFAS pollution. It also increases funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds over the President's budget request and last year’s enacted amount, and prioritizes 10% to be set aside for green infrastructure from both revolving funds.
 
The House Committee on Appropriations marked up and approved the Energy-Water bill yesterday and is marking up the Interior-Environment bill today. We will continue to monitor and provide updates on major developments for these bills.


More Information from the House Committee on Appropriations:

Fight Against Destructive Yazoo Pumps Continues


As noted in recent WPN Updates, WPN members and other conservation groups are again fighting efforts to resurrect the Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project. In April, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that EPA is "reviewing" the 2008 veto that stopped construction of the project in response to intensive lobbying from the Governor of Mississippi and others. The 2008 veto, which was issued by the George W. Bush Administration, protected 200,000 acres of ecologically significant wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River flyway.  Many WPN members have opposed the project for decades, and last Congress, WPN members fought off an appropriations rider - opposed by 87 groups last January - that would have directed immediate construction of the Yazoo Pumps. The Water Protection Network continues to watch this effort closely.
 

Learn More:

Selected Resources & News


From WPN Members

About the Corps of Engineers

Other Selected Resources

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Public Notices, Comment Periods, and Upcoming Meetings


Please see past WPN Updates for earlier notices, and visit FederalRegister.gov and federal agencies' own websites for complete listings of public notices, proposed rules, and rules. The Corps of Engineers may post additional public notices and related information not listed above on their division-level or district-level websites. Click here for a map with links to their division and district websites.
 

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