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EPA and Army host West-Focused Virtual Regional WOTUS Roundtable

 

Last updated 6/15/2022 at 2:23pm



WASHINGTON (June 15, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) will host a virtual West-focused regional roundtable on "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) on Thursday, June 16, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

View the livestream for this West roundtable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohrYxxx4YB0

The virtual roundtable was organized by the California Farm Bureau and is one of 10 roundtables intended to highlight diverse perspectives and regional experiences on WOTUS implementation. Through these engagements, the agencies will hear from participants representing agriculture, conservation groups, developers, drinking water and wastewater managers, environmental organizations, communities with environmental justice concerns, industry, Tribal nations, and state and local governments.

The regional roundtables are an important mechanism for the EPA and the Army to consider the regional issues and variation in implementation of WOTUS, given the diverse water quality and quantity conditions in different parts of the United States. The regional roundtables will provide opportunities for roundtable participants to discuss topics of their choosing, including geographic similarities and differences, particular water resources that are characteristic of or unique to each region, and site-specific feedback about the way WOTUS has been implemented by the agencies.

More information on public engagement, including links to view the roundtables: https://www.epa.gov/wotus/public-outreach-and-stakeholder-engagement-activities

More information on "waters of the United States:" https://www.epa.gov/wotus

Background

The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants from a point source to navigable waters unless otherwise authorized under the Act. Navigable waters are defined in the Act as "the waters of the United States, including the territorial seas." Thus, "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) is a threshold term establishing the geographic scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The term "waters of the United States" is not defined by the Act but has been defined by EPA and the Army in regulations since the 1970s and jointly implemented in the agencies' respective programmatic activities.

 

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