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Register Today for Defending Our Waters!

 
Register today for Defending Our Waters, the Water Protection Network's 2019 Membership Meeting on October 29 & 30 in Washington, DC! 
 
Click here to register for Defending Our Waters!
To have the Water Protection Network cover two nights at the hotel for you, please register here by Thursday, September 26. We look forward to having you join us for these sessions and for a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill:
  • River Management: Implications for Floods, Droughts, & Habitat
  • Natural Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Solutions for People & the Environment
  • Working with Decision-Makers to Protect Our Waters: Keynote & Discussion
  • Strengthening Your Advocacy and Organization: Equity & Inclusion
  • Strategies for Greening and Stopping Corps Projects: Collaboration & Pressure Points
  • WPN Legislative Agenda: Transforming Water Resources Planning One Step at a Time
Stay tuned for more information about our speakers coming soon!
Click here to learn more and register.

Clean Water Rule Repealed


Last week, the Trump Administration finalized its rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule or "Waters of the US" Rule issued under the Obama Administration to define the waters that are protected by the Clean Water Act. This repeal is step one of the current administration's plan to repeal and replace the 2015 definition of "Waters of the US" with a much weaker, narrower definition that would leave an estimated fifth of the nation's streams and half of its wetlands unprotected from pollution and destruction under the Clean Water Act.
 

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More Clean Water Assaults and Today's Day of Action


Last week's repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule is one major attack among many that the Trump Administration is waging against critical Clean Water Act protections. These actions are the worst attack on the Clean Water Act in history, and include efforts to: remove protections for streams and wetlands by repealing and replacing the definition of "Waters of the US"; weakening states’ and tribes’ rights to protect their own water under Section 401; weakening EPA's authority to veto the most destructive projects under Section 404c; excluding groundwater from pollution standards; and making it easier for polluters to get away with dumping pollution into our waters without accountability. These attacks are undoing Clean Water Act protections that have been in place for 47 years, threatening our rivers, lakes, coasts, wetlands, and the people, fish, and wildlife that depend on them.

Several organizations, including WPN member National Wildlife Federation and the Clean Water for All Coalition are highlighting several of these attacks this week. Today, September 18 is the Clean Water Day of Action, coinciding with the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure's oversight hearing with the EPA, "The Administration’s Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act."


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Updates on Water Policy in Congress


Water Resources Development Act

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 moving on a faster track, with senators currently being asked to submit their requests for the next WRDA to the committee by late October to early November. Stay tuned for more information.

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a hearing on the next WRDA today, September 18: "Improving American Economic Competitiveness through Water Resources Infrastructure." Click here to watch the hearing.


Appropriations

The current fiscal year for the federal government ends on September 30, 2019. If appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 spending are not finalized by then, Congress will have to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the funding bill for Energy & Water (S.2470 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020) and is expected to move forward next week with the bill to fund the Department of the Interior and EPA.

Click here for the Energy & Water bill text.
Click here for the Senate Committee on Appropriations' conference report for the Energy & Water bill.
The Hill: Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms

Updates from the Corps of Engineers


The Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works recently shared these updates:

Selected News and Resources

 

Corps Public Notices from the Last 30 Days


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

EPA

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