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, …

Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act

Adriana Caldarelli

HR 7861: The Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act was recently introduced in Congress to address pre-production plastic pellet pollution. This bill would set effluent limitations on wastewater, spills, and runoff from facilities making certain types of plastic. For more information and the most recent status of this bill, please visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7861?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+7861%22%2C%22hr%22%2C%227861%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1

Bill Introduced to Modernize Water Infrastructure in the Southwest

Adriana Caldarelli

S.4231: Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities Act or STREAM Act. This bill is focused on addressing infrastructure needs in California and the Western US that continue to be taxed due to the on-going drought. In addition, to providing funding for water recycling, desalination, and other water supply projects, this bill also authorizes an additional $50 million for …

Bill Requiring Updates to Precipitation Data Moving Through Congress

Adriana Caldarelli

HR 1437: A bill is moving through Congress this week that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to update precipitation data every five (5) years. This bill amends the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. HR 1437 also requires NOAA to work with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study …

Water Week 2022 Recap

Adriana Caldarelli

Last week in Washington, water professionals from around the country once again come together for Water Week. This year, after two years of virtual events, attendees came in person to Washington to advocate to federally elected officials and key policymakers the importance of ensuring all communities have access to clean water. Some key water policy priorities included increasing federal infrastructure …

Water Resources Development Act 2022

Adriana Caldarelli

S4136: Bipartisan legislation authorizing improvements to the nation’s waterways and investments in flood control and coastal resiliency projects passed unanimously in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week. This bill includes provisions for 36 new feasibility studies by the Army Corps of Engineers and authorizes or modifies 21 projects for construction. It also includes provisions to provide more …

The White House Council on Environmental Quality Appoints Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice

Adriana Caldarelli

The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced the appointment of Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome to be CEQ’s Senior Director for Environmental Justice. Dr. White-Newsome, a native of Detroit, Michigan, has tackled environmental challenges from a wide range of positions and perspectives, including in the grassroots environmental justice movement, environmental philanthropy, state government, private industry, and academia. For more information, …

Senators to unveil climate-focused water infrastructure bill

Adriana Caldarelli

Senators plan to roll out a draft water infrastructure bill today aimed to protect the nation’s coasts against widespread, deadly flooding and storm surge tied to climate change. The draft 2022 Water Resources Development Act, also known WRDA, would elevate coastal protection and ecosystem restoration and make it a primary mission of the corps. The measure would also promote the …

The Great Lakes Authority Act of 2022 Introduced 

Adriana Caldarelli

HR 7131: The Great Lakes Authority Act of 2022 was introduced this week. This act is intended to promote economic growth and recovery throughout the Great Lakes region, to restore and to protect the Great Lakes as a principal source of fresh water. This bill includes provisions for workforce development and training, and the establishment of funding and financing for …

Senate Republican Conference Urges EPA and USACE to Suspend Rulemaking on WOTUS

Adriana Caldarelli

On February 3, 2022, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) led the entire Senate Republican Conference in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to suspend the pending rulemaking to redefine the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), specifically “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), until the U.S. Supreme Court …

House Natural Resources Committee Virtual Hearing on Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Policy

Adriana Caldarelli

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. EST, the Committee on Natural Resources will hold a virtual, fully remote oversight hearing titled, “Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Policy Making: The Role of Environmental Organizations and Grantmaking Foundations.” This hearing will take place via Cisco WebEx online video conferencing and will be streamed on YouTube.  For hearing materials and schedules, …

S3456: A Bill to Enact the Definition of “Waters of the United States” into Law, and for Other Purposes

Adriana Caldarelli

Senator Capito (R-WV) introduced S3456 in mid-January; this bill codifies the definition of “waters of the United States”(WOTUS) that was in effect on January 1, 2021, and was later vacated on August 30, 2021, by the federal district court. The Army Corps of Engineers and EPA are in the process of revising this definition to return to the “familiar pre-2015 …