Update: Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule Comment Extension


Anacostia River near Pennsylvania Ave. Bridge, June 2014.

After receiving many requests for an extension on the public comment period for Waters of the United States Proposed Rule published in April by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers, the agencies responded announcing an additional 90-days. The new deadline is now October 20, 2014.

This proposed rule is a huge step forward for clean water as this would more clearly define those waters protected under the Clean Water Act. For the Anacostia River, this would mean that wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river and its tributaries are without a doubt protected under the law helping ensure smart land use and development near those areas.

Support Proposed Ruling to Strengthen Clean Water Act!
 


Anacostia River.

Yesterday marked the official start of a 90-day public comment period for a proposed rule on the Clean Water Act (CWA) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps). This proposal more clearly defines which waters are protected under the CWA closing some loopholes in the law for wetlands and streams. For the Anacostia River watershed, this could mean that there would be no doubt that the wetlands and seasonal streams that support the river are protected under the law ensuring smart land use and development near those areas.

AWS and partners swim for a clean Anacostia River

On June 30, 2011 AWS, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Senior Scientists & Policymakers for the Bay staged a press conference and "wade in" on the Anacostia River to protest a Clean Water Act deadline that federal, state, and local governments have missed by 28 years

Former State Senator David Harrington, Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, Cheverly Mayor Mike Callahan, and Mount Rainier Councilman William Updike erred on the side of caution

Former State Senator David Harrington, Bladensburg Mayor Walter James, Cheverly Mayor Mike Callahan, and Mount Rainier Councilman William Updike erred on the side of caution while others swam.
Special thanks to friend of AWS Krista Schlyer for use of her excellent photos.

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