Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources October 24, 2014
CSAC Submits Comments on Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rulemaking
As many counties are aware, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corp) in April released a proposed rule regarding the definition of the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposal would define which waterways are subject to federal regulation by the two agencies (the Corps, along with State governments, process permits for work that is performed in the nation’s waterways, while EPA enforces the nation’s pollution laws).
This week, CSAC submitted a substantive comment letter to EPA and the Corp detailing California county concerns with the proposed rulemaking. It also cites various examples regarding potential impacts to county public projects and activities. Generally, CSAC views the proposed rule change as adding confusion and potentially expanding the scope of the agencies’ authority. A copy of the comment letter is available at: CSAC_WOUS_LETTER. The actual proposed rule is available at: http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters/definition-waters-united-states-under-clean-water-act . The comment period was recently extended from October 20, 2014 until November 14, 2014. Interested counties are encouraged to submit comments.
Cooperative Extension – Groundwater Hydrology Course
The University of California Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrology Program is co-sponsoring with the Groundwater Association a short course that will review the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, water quality, and water contamination. It is scheduled for November 17-18, 2014 at the Buehler Alumni Center, University of California, Davis. The class will also provide an overview of the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. And it will review current local, state, and federal programs dealing with groundwater, groundwater management, and watersheds. The course is specifically geared towards technical staff, consultants, and technical and management personnel that is or is planning to be involved in the management, assessment, and protection of groundwater and water resources.
Details regarding the upcoming course are available at: http://grac.org/hydrology.asp