• WEF Sends Letter on WRDA 2020 to Congress

    On August 17, WEF sent a letter to the the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. House of RepresentativesTransportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.

  • Pilot PFAS Study to Move Forward

    On August 29, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a pilot study at Pease International Tradeport to examine health implications related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) exposure.

  • Register Now! Webcast: Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Trends

    This webinar, presented by the WEF Government Affairs Department and the Government Affairs Committee Member Association Subcommittee, will provide an update on legislative and regulatory issues in Washington. In addition, Member Associations (MAs) will report on regional issues and initiatives with a focus on how they interact with their state legislature and regulatory agencies. This is a quarterly update and each quarter different MAs will provide regional updates.

  • Maui County Asks Supreme Court to Weigh in on Case

    On Aug. 27, Maui County, Hawaii, filed a writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court consideration of the long-running Maui County case that started with a lawsuit in 2012. This could have widespread implications on water pollution law.

  • WOTUS Rule Reinstated in 26 States; Coalition Files Appeal

    On August 16, a South Carolina District Court’s ruling overturned the Trump administration's attempted delay of the Obama administration's Waters of the U.S. rule for failing to offer the public a meaningful opportunity to comment. As a result, the 2015 rule is now officially on the books in 26 states — but not in the other 24 states where other district court injunctions are in place.

  • Farmers and Manufacturers File Appeal on Reinstatement of WOTUS

    On August 17, a coalition led by the National Association of Manufacturers filed an appeal to the August 16 ruling, which suspended the Trump administration’s delay (RIN:2040–AF80) of the waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. The EPA had delayed that regulation from taking effect until February 2020.

  • WIFIA Program Continues to Grow

    On August 16, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has received 62 letters of interest (LOIs) collectively requesting $9.1 billion in loans from a wide range of prospective borrowers in response to the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability. This is the program's second selection round.

  • WOTUS Rule Reinstated in 26 States

    On August 17, a South Carolina District Court’s ruling overturned the Trump administration's attempted delay of the Obama administration's Waters of the U.S. rule for failing to offer the public a meaningful opportunity to comment. As a result, the 2015 rule is now officially on the books in 26 states — but not in the other 24 states where other district court injunctions are in place.

  • National Municipal Stormwater Alliance Releases State of Stormwater Report

    On August 13, the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) announced the release of its inaugural 2018 State of Stormwater Report. The report provides an overview of municipal stormwater programs across the United States, detailing the challenges and opportunities communities face in managing polluted runoff.