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WRDA Updates: Letter to the Corps from 74 Groups; Congress Gearing Up

In May, 74 conservation, civic, social justice, faith, and recreation organizations led by WPN members sent a comment letter to the Corps of Engineers on its implementation guidance for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020. Together, these organizations called on the Corps to prioritize natural and nature-based solutions, address environmental injustice, and increase the nation’s resilience to climate change in implementing key WRDA 2020 provisions. Thank you to all those who joined and encouraged others to join this letter!

Meanwhile, Members of Congress are gearing up to kick off development of the next WRDA package this summer. WPN members, please email Ilana at to share ideas for proposals you would like to see in the next WRDA.

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Nominations for Corps Leadership Roles

Michael Connor has been nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the top civilian role overseeing the Corps of Engineers. Connor, a member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe, has prior experience including as the Deputy Interior Secretary in the Obama Administration, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, and counsel for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Earlier this year, Jaime Pinkham was appointed to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. Pinkham, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, has prior experience including as the Executive Director of WPN member the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and on WPN member American Rivers’ Board of Directors. While Connor's confirmation is pending, Pinkham is also serving as Acting Assistant Secretary. We look forward to connecting WPN members with Corps leadership to advance WPN priorities.

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EPA to Restore Clean Water Act Section 401 Authority of States and Tribes

EPA recently announced that it plans to revise the previous administration’s guidance that had severely limited the role of states and Tribes in implementing water quality standards under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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President’s Budget for 2022 Released

On May 28, the White House released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022, including the Civil Works budget of the Corps of Engineers.

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WPN Member Spotlight on the Mississippi River Network:
Mississippi River Town Hall & River Days of Action

Join with other WPN members and fellow Mississippi River enthusiasts nationwide to celebrate a new vision for the Mississippi River and launch a public petition for action during the Mississippi River Network’s River Days of Action!
Join the Mississippi River Town Hall on June 10 at 6 pm CT
Attend the Mississippi River Town Hall (June 10, 6:00 PM CT) to engage with fellow Mississippi River enthusiasts and hear remarks from Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota's 4th District; Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, Louisiana; Tillie Walton, river conservationist & philanthropist; and WPN members Mississippi River Network, Friends of the Mississippi River, and National Wildlife Federation. Enjoy cameo appearances from watch parties happening up and down the Mississippi River and learn about Congresswoman McCollum's vision for a Mississippi River Restoration & Resilience Initiative (MRRRI). You will also learn how to take action through a public petition for the River.

Please visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP and learn more about the June 10 Mississippi River Town Hall.

WPN Member Highlights

WPN members, please email Ilana at to share your own highlights, news, or resources.

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Recent Public Notices

This is a non-comprehensive list of 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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