Clean Water Act

April 2, 2014--Waters of the U.S. (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, has developed a 370-page rule that broadly defines the “waters of the United States.” Touted as a benign effort to better protect and enhance the quality of our nation’s water, the recently announced Clean Water Act rule amounts to a huge water and power grab by federal bureaucrats.

March 27, 2014--Water funding slashed in Obama's proposed budget (Water Online)

The document, released this month, includes deep cuts to the entire EPA budget. Obama proposed $7.89 billion in funding for the agency, "a cut of approximately $310 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to the agency's current funding level of $8.2 billion," Bloomberg BNA reported. Most of the funding cuts would target money currently allocated to water policy.

March 26, 2014--Ag’s exemptions, exclusions from Clean Water Act expanded by new proposal (Greeley Tribune)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.

February 6, 2014--New Farm Bill spurs partnership between agriculture, clean water agencies (Water World)

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) praised the Senate's passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) on Monday, Feb. 4, following passage by the House last week. This landmark five-year legislation includes key provisions to strengthen the links between the nation's working agricultural lands and its quality of waters.

December 10, 2013--Water ranks high on EPA agenda for 2014 (Water Online)

The EPA has released its agenda for 2014, and water policy figures prominently on the list. "Despite considerable progress, America's waters remain imperiled. Water quality protection programs face complex challenges, from nutrient loadings and stormwater runoff to invasive species and drinking water contaminants.

December 4, 2013--Partnership supports water quality trading to benefit environment, economy (WaterWorld)

A new partnership between the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy.

September 24, 2013--Obama Administration moves to protect drinking water for millions of Americans (Water World)

The Obama Administration proposed a rule to restore protections to small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA) after those protections were eroded following two Supreme Court decisions. The ruling has been supported by some environmental organizations, inlcuding American Rivers.

August 1, 2013--Udall, Tipton introduce good sam legislation (Telluride Watch)

Good deeds should go unpunished. That is the motivation behind new bipartisan legislation jointly introduced on Thursday, Aug.

March 2, 2013--Sequester cuts hit clean air, water, energy, national parks (Environmental News Service)

Air and water quality, national parks and surrounding communities, and clean energy development will be hard hit by across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget that took effect today. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders came out of a White House meeting this morning without resolution to the budget impasse, known in Washington as the sequester.

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