On June 11, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee
on Water Resources and Environment will hold a hearing on “Potential Impacts of
Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule.” At this hearing,
Warren “Dusty” Williams, General Manager and Chief Engineer for the Flood
Control and Water Conservation District of Riverside County, Calif., will
testify on behalf of both NACo and the National Association of Flood and
Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA).
The hearing is in response to the recent proposed rule
released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers (Corps) that would amend the definition of “Waters of the
U.S.” and expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The
proposed rule would broaden the number of county maintained ditches—roadside,
flood channels and potentially others – that would require Clean Water Act
(CWA) Section 404 federal permits. Ultimately, a county is liable for maintaining
the integrity of their ditches, even if federal permits are not approved by the
federal agencies in a timely manner.
The hearing was originally scheduled for May 8 but delayed
after the death of the previous chairman of the committee, former representative
James Oberstar (Minn.).
NACo has launched an information hub that serves as a
one-stop resource for all matters related to the proposed “Waters of the U.S.”
definition. Click here
to visit the website. To read NACo’s Policy Brief on the proposed “Waters of
the U.S.” definition, click here.
This hearing will be streamed live and can be viewed here
on June 11 at 10 a.m.
Contact: Julie Ufner at firstname.lastname@example.org