DC Circuit sends “strong message” to States on Clean Water Act timeline

On January 25, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC that California and Oregon waived their Section 401 authority under the Clean Water Act in the relicensing of a hydroelectric project along the Klamath River...

EPA, Army take prompt action on wetlands mitigation & Clean Water Act

Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Army Assistant Secretary R.D. James took prompt and important action to address concerns regarding the lack of compensatory mitigation being required for Corps permits in Alaska. Former Administrator Pruitt and Secretary James signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 15, 2018...

EPA moves on Great Lakes clean-up

The Federal Government’s recent announcement of Phase II of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is important news. The Great Lakes are a national and international treasure. Outside of the polar ice caps they are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth...

The history & future of the Clean Water Act

With the average political soundbite on TV having shrunk to about 8 seconds, it’s refreshing to hear a reasoned policy discussion that doesn’t dissolve into packaged one-liners. Earlier this week, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies posted to its YouTube channel a recording of a fascinating session on the history and future of the Clean Water Act. ..