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June 06
​NACo Scheduled to Testify Next Week on “Waters of the U.S.”

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 jufner@naco.org or 202.942.4269​ ​ 

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