• EPA Seeking Public Comment on Proposed 2020 MSGP

    On Feb. 13, the U.S. EPA announced it will be seeking public comment on the proposed 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. This proposed permit would replace EPA’s 2015 MSGP upon finalization.

  • National Environmental Policy Act Information

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the first laws ever written (1969) that establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment.

  • Clean Water Provisions in Final FY20 Budget

    After several months of negotiations beyond the start of the 2020 fiscal year, late last week Congress reached an agreement on the final FY20 budget for the federal government. The $1.4 trillion omnibus agreement covers all 12 annual appropriations bills and will provide an increase in total federal spending of about $49 billion. It will include funding and policy provisions that have been the focus of much of the delay, such as funding for the southern border wall and raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21.

  • WEF, Merkley Collaborate To Introduce Energy Efficiency Funding Bill

    On Dec. 12, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to provide necessary resources to water resource recovery facilities — frequently the largest energy user in municipalities — to upgrade their energy and water efficiency. The Water Environment Federation worked closely with Merkley's office to help create the bill. The infrastructure updates sought would curb emissions from wasted energy and reduce facility costs.