Three initiatives currently underway concerning EPA and water quality policy/programs deserve the attention of FSA members. To the extent that a robust, nationwide interpretation of the Clean Water Act is necessary for successful partnerships to implement the program, local governments should monitor emerging developments as they may affect your ability to effectively manage water quality improvement plans and objectives.
- The comment period for input on existing regulations that "could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome" closed May 15, 2017. See docket
and visit the EPA
Office of Water's webpage
for more information.
EPA Budget Cuts - The Administration's proposed budget reduces spending at EPA by 31% to $5.7 billion from $8.1 billion, including eliminating the $165 million Nonpoint Source Grant program and about 25% of the agency's 15,000 positions. The most recent EPA budget was already 20% less than its 2010 funding level of $10 billion.
to many provisions contained in the final Waters of the United States rule (litigation remains active in federal courts) EPA has recently
noticed its intention
to completely repeal the rule. A separate rule-making initiative is contemplated for 2018 to offer new definitions for WOTUS.