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Key storm water bill moves to Congress for approval
Key storm water bill moves to Congress for approval
Jun 5 2018
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 for renewal. Reviewed every two…
Discussion on storm water and WOTUS
Discussion on storm water and WOTUS
May 25 2018
Confusion and uncertainty over what water bodies were subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has existed for more than a…
EPA extents WIFIA loan application period
EPA extents WIFIA loan application period
May 17 2018
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced at a meeting with water sector associations that the deadline to submit letters of interest for Water…
Apr 6 2018
The U.S. EPA announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage more than $11 billion in…
Apr 3 2018
Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio has urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to prioritize Florida water projects. The republican senator sent a…
Mar 23 2018
On March 23, the Senate passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill, which includes $21.2 billion in infrastructure funding and will fund the government…
Mar 8 2018
Several 2017 storm water issues are carrying over to 2018. They include implementing the U.S. EPA’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)…
Mar 2 2018
On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the U.S. EPA Water Transfers Rule, which allows governments to transfer water…
Feb 15 2018
The fiscal 2019 budget proposal, released Feb. 12 by the Trump Administration, proposed a $2.5 billion cut to the U.S. EPA. If approved, this budget…
Feb 14 2018
Several states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in response to a two year suspension of the Clean Water…
Feb 1 2018
On Jan. 31, the Trump Administration delayed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule for an additional two years. The rule, developed under the…
Dec 22 2017
On Dec. 18, House Republicans proposed $81 billion in disaster relief funding for recovery from recent hurricanes and wildfires. The proposed funding…
Dec 13 2017
On Dec. 5, Harris County Commissioners Court, Texas, approved tougher flood-plain development regulations unanimously. The new regulations call for…
Nov 10 2017
Texas Senator Greg Abbott requested $61 billion in federal funds to rebuild and improve the Texas coastline in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The plan…
Nov 6 2017
The National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990, was released Nov. 3. According to the assessment, the main cause…
Jul 6 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Army, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean…
Jun 9 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received “letters of interest” from…
May 31 2017
Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the “Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure Act” (S. 1137) to bring affordable…
May 18 2017
The Value of Water Campaign released results to a new poll. Commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign, the poll found that more than any other…
Apr 13 2017
Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. last week ended the drought state…
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