In a win for counties, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (Corps) announced the public comment period for the proposed
rule on the “Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water
be extended 91 days to October 20, 2014. The proposed rule, as originally
published in the Federal Register on April 21, was open
for public comment for 90 days or until July 21.
proposed rule would amend the definition of “waters of the U.S.”(WOTUS) and
potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction to
include county-owned ditches such as roadside, flood control and stormwater. Additionally,
the changes apply to all Clean Water Act (CWA) programs.
early May, NACo, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the
National League of Cities (NLC), sent a letter requesting a 90-day
extension of the public comment period for the newly proposed rule. Due
to the complexity of the proposal, the groups asked for an extension to allow
sufficient time for local governments to analyze and comment on the proposed
rule. A number of counties also sent extension requests.
NACo launched a new information
hub website that is designed to serve as a
one-stop resource for counties on the proposed rule. The new information
- Provide comprehensive
analysis on how the proposed rule impacts counties
- Suggested long and
short draft comments for submission to the agencies and Congressional members
- Guidance on how to
submit an op-ed on the issue to local media outlets
- Suggested social media
Policy Brief and Comparison Chart over the proposed rule
Contact: Julie Ufner at firstname.lastname@example.org