Water Network's NEWSLETTER: TENNESSEE WATERSHED WATCH has just been released.
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The new White House has already been asked by the Environmental Council of the States (a group representing State environmental commissioners) to dissolve the EPA‚*s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and shift responsibility for enforcement and compliance to other EPA offices. Members of the workgroup have good reason to be concerned that the Bush Administration will take significant steps backwards in enforcing the Clean Water Act.
Later this year, the Clean Water Network will help U.S. PIRG release its report detailing significant noncompliance at major facilities across the United States. The Network hopes to release additional reports on clean water enforcement during the next two years and are taking suggestions from Network members about the focus and scope of these reports.
The enforcement workgroup is collecting enforcement success and horror stories to help make the case for stronger enforcement. If you have a great story or if you would like to join the enforcement workgroup, contact Richard Caplan with U.S. PIRG at 202-546-9707 or [email protected]
Feedlot workgroup members will focus their energy on influencing EPA‚*s proposed regulations for Combined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The workgroup is working on a set of comments to submit to EPA, as well as talking points for individual organizations to use as models in crafting their own comments. The deadline for submitting comments to EPA is May 14, 2001.
The workgroup will continue to implement its strategic work plan, focusing on our four main campaigns: 1) requiring pollution control permits for livestock factories; 2) requiring environmentally sound and humane systems for livestock production; 3) implementing and enforcing the existing law; and 4) educating the public. For more information or to join the feedlots workgroup, contact, Melanie Flynn at NRDC at 202-289-2393 or [email protected]
This year the workgroup will work to fill the hole in the Clean Water Act left by the recent Supreme Court decision on isolated wetlands through a number of mechanisms, including sharing state-level legislative strategies for providing wetlands protections through our section 404 listserve. In addition, the workgroup will seek increased funding for wetlands conservation programs in upcoming appropriations bill and the reauthorization of the Farm bill.
For more information or to join the wetlands workgroup and listserve, contact CWN‚*s Ami Grace at 202-289-2421.
Wet Weather/Funding Workgroup
Keep Raw Sewage at Bay and Fund Cleaner Waters! At Clean Water Week, this workgroup discussed the latest policy developments in storm water, Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), and infrastructure funding. The workgroup also talked about the need to increase awareness about "green solutions," like rain gardens and buffers, as Congress considers proposals to increase funding for clean water and drinking water infrastructure.
The workgroup is urging Administrator Whitman to publish the recently proposed SSO rule. The workgroup will develop comments once the rule is officially proposed, including comments to improve the costs/benefit section of it. The proposed rule can be found at www.epa.gov/owm/rulmakef/htm. Please to go the action alert on CWN‚*s web site at www.cwn.org and send a letter to Whitman.
Workgroup members will continue to address CSOs by commenting on guidance and making sure appropriate monies are provided to cleaning up CSOs. The workgroup has also created a list of principles for infrastructure funding which is on the Network‚*s web site at www.cwn.org under Wet Weather. For more information about these rules or to join the workgroup, please contact Nancy Stoner with NRDC at 202-289-2394 or [email protected]
The TMDL workgroup participted in a feedback session on the Network‚*s new TMDL Development and Implementation Campaign. The campaign areas that prompted the most interest and discussion were the TMDL toolkit and trainings. The TMDL toolkit will focus on materials that can be produced nationally, but tailored to local conditions. It will include a basic guide to TMDL review, a guide to debunking industry attacks on the program, experts list, and more. The Network‚*s TMDL trainings are currently focused on the policy and technical issues surrounding TMDL development. The group expressed interest in expanding trainings to include media work and other special interest areas.
Follow up discussions on these and other campaign issues are happening on the TMDL listserve. Join today! The first version of the toolkit should be out in late March or early April. Watch for its release on email and in this newsletter. TMDL trainings are on-going ‚* one was held in Mississippi in mid-February and a second was held on March 10 in Iowa. Contact Merritt Frey at 208-345-7776 or [email protected] if you are interested in a hosting a TMDL training session in your state.