EPA Releases Interim Guidance on Census Elimination of “Urbanized Area” Definition

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA released guidance to address the effect of the Census Bureau’s revisions to the criteria for defining urban areas related to the EPA’s Clean Water Act Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (“MS4”) Stormwater Management Permitting Program.  EPA is currently evaluating whether revisions to the Phase II stormwater regulations are required in light of this change. This guidance is available at: …

NOAA Announces Pilot Project to Study Flooding on Mississippi River

Adriana Caldarelli

This week, NOAA announced a new pilot project, “Building Knowledge to Support Equitable Climate Resilience,” which includes a $150,000 NOAA investment in FY22 and in-kind services from partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology through the University of Alabama, the University of Minnesota, and the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association.  The project seeks to better understand …

EPA Awards Over $11 million for Projects Promoting a Healthy and Resilient Gulf of Mexico Watershed

Adriana Caldarelli

This week, EPA announced over $11 million in grant funding for projects promoting a Healthy and Resilient Gulf of Mexico watershed.  These awards will improve water quality, habitat, community resilience, and environmental education in the Gulf of Mexico watershed. A total of 26 projects were awarded in three EPA regions. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-over-11-million-projects-promoting-healthy-and-resilient-gulf-mexico

Climate and Tax Reconciliation Agreement Included a Side Deal on Clean Water Act Permitting

Adriana Caldarelli

In order to win Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) support for climate legislation, a side deal was made for separate legislation to reform the federal permitting process, changing the way states issue Clean Water Act permits.  The agreement tweaks section 401 of the Clean Water Act to require states to make a decision within one year of a certification request—either to …

National Estuary Program Receives $132 million

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA announced this week an investment of $132 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over the next five years for important work to protect and restore estuaries of national significance, funding projects to address climate resilience, prioritize equity, and manage other key water quality and habitat challenges across twenty-eight (28) estuaries along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts and in …

Senate Passes WRDA

Adriana Caldarelli

S4136: The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) was passed by the Senate this week.  WRDA, a bipartisan water resources and civil works bill, seeks to provide more assistance and resources to tribal communities and to underserved community harbors to complete important water projects.  The bill now goes back to the House to iron out differences between the two chambers.  The …

Continental Divide Completion Act Expands to Include Funding for Water and Climate Programs

Adriana Caldarelli

HR5118: The Continental Divide Completion Act was expanded this week to include authorization of billions of dollars of funding for federal agencies, including the Agriculture and Interior departments, to implement various forest management, water, and climate programs.  This legislative package, which includes more than forty (40) bills is now called the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act. For more information …

EPA selects 30 members for Environmental Financial Advisory Board

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA has appointed 30 members to its Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). The EFAB provides advice to the EPA Administrator, the agency’s programs, and the agency’s regional offices to lower costs while increasing investments in environmental and public health protection. For more information, please visit: https://www.waterworld.com/water-utility-management/press-release/14279255/epa-selects-30-members-for-environmental-financial-advisory-board

NOAA Announces Historic Coastal and Climate Resilience Funding

Adriana Caldarelli

This week NOAA  announced $2.96 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding opportunities to address the climate crisis and strengthen coastal resilience and infrastructure. Over the next five years, NOAA’s targeted investments in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and climate data and services will advance ongoing federal efforts toward building climate resilience. Funded projects will support three major initiatives: …

Plastic Reduction, Responsibility Bill Passed in California

Adriana Caldarelli

A California bill tackling the plastic pollution crisis at the source is headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after a vote in the state Senate this week. SB54 aims to set California on the path towards a circular economy by making producers responsible for improving recycling and composting infrastructure. Packaging producers of all materials must take financial responsibility for the …

Carper, DeFazio Lead Amicus Brief Ahead of Supreme Court Case Seeking to Limit Clean Water Act Protections

Adriana Caldarelli

Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, led 167 current and former Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In October, …

Application Guide for the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report Now Available

Adriana Caldarelli

Community planners and decision makers now have an application guide to help them plan for the significant sea level rise the United States is expected to see in the next 30 years. The application guide is national in scope and includes examples from different geographic regions, providing broad guidance regarding where to start and how to consider the right approach …

EPA Announces $6.5 Billion in New Funding Available for Water Infrastructure Projects

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA announced the 2022 notices of funding availability for the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the State Infrastructure Financing Authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. This year’s funding will provide up to $6.5 billion in total funding to support $13 billion in water infrastructure projects while creating more than 40,000 jobs. For more information, please …

EPA Awards over $3.6 Million to Support Wetlands Restoration Across California, Nevada, and Hawaii

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA has awarded more than $3.6 Million to boost programs that restore habitat, protect tribal water quality and preserve wetlands across California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Wetland Program Development Grants. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-over-27-million-support-wetlands-restoration-across-california https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-over-700000-support-wetlands-restoration-nevada https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-over-260000-hawaii-department-land-and-natural-resources-wetlands

NOAA, NFWF Grant $25.2 M for Emergency Coastal Resilience

Adriana Caldarelli

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with NOAA, today announced $25.2 million in grants to help coastal communities affected by storms and wildfires in 2020 or 2021 increase their resilience to future natural disasters. The new grants will leverage $4.9 million in additional funding to generate a total conservation impact of $30.1 million. Projects selected are employing a …