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83 Organizations Comment on Corps of Engineers Environmental Justice, Tribal Policies, & Planning Principles


In early August, 83 organizations - led by Water Protection Network members and partners - joined this group letter on Corps of Engineers Civil Works environmental justice policy, Tribal Consultation Policy, Tribal Partnership Program, and pre-rulemaking input for the Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines (PR&G) implementing guidelines. Thank you to everyone who joined the letter!

Please stay tuned for future opportunities to engage on these key Network priorities, including a public comment period expected in early 2023 on the proposed PR&G implementing guidelines.

 

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Comment Deadline Extended: EPA's Proposed Bristol Bay Protections to Stop Pebble Mine


The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment deadline to September 6 for a proposed determination under Clean Water Act Section 404(c) to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed. If finalized, the proposed determination would help protect Bristol Bay's Indigenous and local communities, pristine rivers and wetlands, and the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery from the massive open-pit Pebble Mine. Many Water Protection Network members have been part of the years-long fight to stop Pebble and protect Bristol Bay. Members and partners are encouraged to submit comments by the September 6 public comment deadline to support a final EPA determination that will permanently protect the Bristol Bay watershed from the threat of large-scale mining.


Take action:

  • Submit a written comment by Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through any of these methods:
    • Online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal;
    • Email: ow-docket@epa.gov, including “Docket ID No. EPA–R10–OW–2022–0418” in the subject line; or by
    • Mail, including your original comment and three copies to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2022-0418.
  • Encourage your supporters to submit comments through an action alert. Make your own action alert or direct people to an existing action alert from the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund or the Bristol Bay Defense Fund.
  • Explore this social media and messaging toolkit from True Blue Strategies with resources for different audiences.

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Water Resources Development Act Update


On June 8, the House of Representatives passed H.R.7776, its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, the bill that authorizes projects and policy changes for the Corps of Engineers, affecting water resources planning and projects nationwide. On July 28, the Senate passed its version of WRDA 2022 (using the same bill number as the House, but substituting its version of the bill text). Congress could enact a final version of WRDA 2022 as early as this fall. Both the House and Senate versions include provisions that would help improve the resilience of communities and key ecosystems, and help redress environmental injustices. However, both versions also include problematic provisions and projects. Please stay tuned for further updates and contact Ilana Rubin with any questions on specific WRDA provisions.
 

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Call for Nominations for America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2023

Until September 30, WPN member American Rivers is accepting nominations for next year's list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Keep reading for more information from American Rivers:

Is your river facing a decision in the coming year that will impact its fate? America’s Most Endangered Rivers® is the most influential national campaign to galvanize public action and secure victories for rivers, clean water and communities. Every year, American Rivers, an environmental non-profit, generates a report and media blast on 10 rivers at a crossroads where an upcoming action could make or break the future health of the river. American Rivers is now accepting nominations for the 2023 report from interested groups throughout the United States. American Rivers has been working hard this year to continue to spread the word about threats facing our nation’s rivers throughout the year, and the response has been great. Check out the 2022 report if you haven't yet.  

To nominate a river, complete the Most Endangered Rivers 2023 Nomination Form by  Friday, September 30, 2022.

The 10 rivers selected as America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2023 will be spotlighted in a report released on April 18, 2023, that receives national media and advocacy. Partners will also receive comprehensive communications, outreach and advocacy partnership from American Rivers to motivate real change for rivers at risk.  

Your river is eligible if it meets the following primary criteria:

  • The public can influence a decision in the coming year that will impact the river’s fate.
  • The river holds deep meaning to people and nature.
  • The magnitude of threat to the river and its communities is significant, especially in light of a changing climate and/or environmental justice. 

American Rivers would especially like to highlight rivers where communities are impacted by environmental justice concerns. We hope that if you know of such a place where a decision on a river issue could impact a marginalized community, that you consider submitting a nomination. 

Learn more about American Rivers and the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign and also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Please contact Simone Sampson with any questions about this year's process or nomination form.

Help Protect Clean Water: Resources & Actions


This fall will mark the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water for All Coalition is looking for people and organizations to help celebrate and defend the Act for current and future generations. Some of these efforts focus on spreading the message about the critical role of the Clean Water Act for clean and healthy waters in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming hearing of a case known as Sackett v. EPA. The plaintiffs in this case are asking the Court to look again at which waters are, and are not, protected under the Clean Water Act, and the Court's decision may have drastic and long-lasting impacts on protections for wetlands and streams. Other current Coalition efforts include collecting and sharing Clean Water Act stories, effective messaging about clean water issues, and defending specific sections of the Act.
 

Resources to learn more and engage, from the Clean Water for All Coalition:

  • Submit a proposal by August 29 for up to $15,000 in funding for activities that bring attention to the Sackett v. EPA case and its implications for people across the country.
  • Explore the Coalition's Messaging Toolkit on Defending Clean Water at the Supreme Court for ways to engage, template outreach materials, sample stories, and social media guidance for amplifying the importance of clean water act protections.
  • Watch a recording of the Coalition's webinar on the Sackett v. EPA case.
  • Register for an August 24 webinar on the results of The Water Hub's latest national voter poll on water issues.
  • Explore this toolkit on the recently closed comment period on the EPA's proposed Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule, and read the group comment letter submitted to EPA by more than 60 organizations.

Inflation Reduction Act Update

 
On August 16, the fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, was signed into law. The law includes investments in fighting climate change, advancing environmental justice, conservation, healthcare, and more. Explore the sources below for more information.
 

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More News & Resources 


Water Protection Network Member Highlights

Equity & Justice

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Water, Weather, & Climate News

More Opportunities & Resources

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. These are listed by the date published, with important deadlines and meeting dates in parentheses.

Please visit FederalRegister.gov, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for additional public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted by WPN members to the Corps and other federal agencies and decision-makers.

Corps of Engineers Notices

Other Agency Notices

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