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 …

EPA joins partners to introduce innovative trash capture devices to Delaware River Watershed

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA joined the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Seabin to introduce a project studying the effectiveness of floating trash capture devices in the Delaware River watershed. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-joins-partners-introduce-innovative-trash-capture-devices-delaware-river-watershed

EPA Takes Action to Empower States, Territories, and Tribes to Protect Water Resources and Support Sustainable Development

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA announced a proposed rule to update the regulatory requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401. This proposed rule would strengthen the authority of states, territories, and Tribes to protect their vital water resources while supporting an efficient, predictable, and common-sense certification process, restoring a long-held right, which was severely limited by the …

EPA and Army Host Midwest-Focused Virtual Regional WOTUS Roundtable

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA and the Department of the Army will host a virtual Midwest-focused regional roundtable on “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on June 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time. The virtual roundtable was organized by the Kansas Livestock Association and is one of ten roundtables intended to highlight diverse perspectives and regional experiences on WOTUS implementation. …

EPA Announces Federal Working Group to Strengthen Coordination on Water Reuse and Integrated Water Resources Management Approaches

Adriana Caldarelli

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Water Reuse Interagency Working Group, which was established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Section 50218). The Working Group is composed of senior officials from 15 federal agencies, and is charged with developing and coordinating actions, tools, and resources to advance water reuse across the country. The federal agencies participating in the …

EPA Delivers on Three Water Commitments in the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA announced this week three actions to protect communities and the environment from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our nation’s waters. These actions include the development of national recommended ambient water quality criteria for PFAS to protect aquatic life. EPA also issued a memo titled, Addressing PFAS Discharges in EPA-Issued NPDES Permits and Expectations Where EPA is the Pretreatment …

EPA Announces Winners of its Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA announced the winners of its tenth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution. This year’s winning projects showcase the environmental, health, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-winners-its-annual-campus-rainworks-challenge-0

USDA Forest Service Invest more than $31 Million in 15 Landscape Restoration Projects

Adriana Caldarelli

The Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service today announced $31.1 million for 15 projects funded through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program that, with partnership support, aim to reduce the risk of severe wildfires, support local economies, create jobs and enhance forest and watershed health in eight states. For more information, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/releases/biden-harris-administration-usda-forest-service-invest-more-31-million-15-landscape

Council on Environmental Quality Finalizes Rule to Include Climate Change Impacts in Implementation of NEPA

Adriana Caldarelli

Federal agencies will have to consider the climate change impact of infrastructure projects, land management efforts, and many other activities under a final rule on the implementation of the National Environmental Permitting Act (NEPA). Under the Council on Environmental Quality’s new rule, agencies must consider the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of a proposed action, including a project’s climate change …

EPA Announces Request for Applications for $68M in Grant Funding to Support Infrastructure Funding Projects

Adriana Caldarelli

This week, EPA announced a Request for Applications for $68 million in federal funding through the Environmental Finance Center Grant Program. A major priority for this program over the next five years is to provide technical support to disadvantaged communities across the country. Selected technical assistance providers will help communities develop and submit project proposals for a wide range of …

EPA Releases Compendium of State and Regional NPDES Nutrient Permitting Approaches

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA released the Compendium of State and Regional NPDES Nutrient Permitting Approaches, which is a collection of state practices for controlling the adverse effects of nutrient pollution through NPDES permits, including Permitting Critical Conditions, Performance Based Approaches, Water Quality Trading, and Watershed-Based Permitting. The compendium may be found at: https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-04/compendium-of-npdes-nutrient-permitting-approaches.pdf For questions regarding this compendium, please contact Danielle …

Department of the Interior Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to Build Climate Resilience in Tribal Communities

Adriana Caldarelli

The Department of the Interior announced this week it is investing $46 million in funding to Tribal communities to address the unique impacts of climate change in Indigenous communities. This funding is available for projects and initiatives that address and strengthen climate resilience and adaptation, including those that address flooding, erosion, and drought.   To view the full press release, …