Forest Service and Trout Unlimited Invest up to $40 million to Restore Watersheds on America’s National Forests

Adriana Caldarelli

Forest Service is announcing up to $40 million will be provided to Trout Unlimited as part of a five (5)-year agreement to improve watersheds on national forests and grasslands, which are home to many of America’s most important trout and salmon species. Projects include clean-up of abandoned mines and removing barriers to improve fish passage, as well as stream habitat …

National Association of Clean Water Agencies Opposes EPA’s PFOA and PFOS Designations

Adriana Caldarelli

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) filed on open comment opposing the EPA’s proposed rule to designate two key PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances.  The current proposal would require facilities to report any releases of the substances that exceed a certain quantity.  NACWA’s comment states that public wastewater and stormwater systems are passive receivers of these chemicals and …

EPA Announces Selection of Environmental Finance Centers to Help Communities Access Infrastructure Funds

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA announced the selection of twenty-nine (29) Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure and greenhouse gas reduction projects that improve public health and environmental protection. The EFCs will deliver targeted technical assistance to local governments, states, Tribes, and non-governmental organizations to protect public health, safeguard the environment, and advance environmental …

EPA celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on the Banks of the Cuyahoga River

Adriana Caldarelli

Representatives from EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality gathered on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and to celebrate the progress made under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and its amendments.  In the 1960s, the Cuyahoga River infamously caught fire more than a dozen times, …

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Falling Short; States and EPA Must Decide What’s Next as 2025 Deadline Looms

Adriana Caldarelli

With its 2025 deadline a little more than three years away, environmental leaders are publicly acknowledging that the Chesapeake Bay region will miss for the third time a self-imposed cleanup deadline.  EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently released separate evaluations of states’ cleanup efforts, and both concluded the region is not on track to reduce the amount of water-fouling …

EPA Launches New Online Tools to Provide Communities with Information on Environmental Enforcement and Compliance

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA announced two new online tools available to the public that provide additional information on environmental enforcement and compliance in their communities.  The Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool allows individuals to search for facilities to assess their compliance with environmental regulations.  The Benzene Fenceline Monitoring Dashboard improves public access to program data concerning benzene emissions along …

EPA Releases 20 Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans to Increase Resilience to Impacts of Climate Change

Adriana Caldarelli

This week EPA released twenty (20) Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans that were developed by its major offices, including national program offices and all ten (10) regional offices.  These plans provide details on the specific actions each office will take to protect human health and the environment, to increase the resilience of the entire nation, and to ensure clean air, water, …

Supreme Court to Hear Case on EPA’s Clean Water Act Authority

Adriana Caldarelli

The future of federal jurisdiction over waters and wetlands under the Clean Water Act hinges on a watershed US Supreme Court case scheduled for oral arguments Monday.  The case of Sackett v. EPA centers on a long-standing argument over the definition of “waters of the U.S.,” a term included in the act to describe which bodies of water are subject …

NOAA Awards $11M for Coastal and Infrastructure Resilience Research

Adriana Caldarelli

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is announcing $11M in Fiscal Year 2022 to fund eighteen (18) coastal resilience research projects across the nation. The complex challenges of sea level rise, coastal flooding, and increased storm frequency pose increasing risks to communities and their surrounding ecosystems. For more information, please visit: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/sep22/coastal-resilience-research.html

EPA Implements Advanced Effort to Protect Water Quality in Three Boston-area River Watersheds

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA will exercise its “residual designation authority” to require permit coverage for stormwater discharges from unregulated stormwater pollution sources in the Charles, Mystic, and Neponset River watersheds.  The EPA Clean Water Act permit will pertain to certain commercial, industrial, and institutional properties with one or more acres of impervious area. One or more general permits specifying the required stormwater reduction …

EPA to Hold Industrial Stormwater Sector-Specific Fact Sheet Stakeholder Meetings

Adriana Caldarelli

EPA is hosting a series of public meetings to inform updates to the industrial stormwater fact sheet series, which provide guidance to each of the 29 industrial sectors covered under the Multi-Sector General Permit.  Each fact sheet describes the types of facilities included in the sector, typical pollutants associated with the sector, and types of stormwater control measures used to …

NOAA Launches Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation Portal

Adriana Caldarelli

This week the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the Department of the Interior jointly launched a new website to help communities across the nation understand the real-time climate-related hazards in their area, analyze projected long-term exposure to those hazards, and identify federal funds to support climate resilience projects for their communities.  For more …

NOAA, NFWF Announce $7.7 M in Grants to Support Coastal Resilience

Adriana Caldarelli

NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) this week announced $7.7 million in new grants using funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support ongoing natural infrastructure projects in seven states.  These grants will support the design and implementation of projects to enhance the resilience of coastal communities and improve habitat for fish and wildlife in Hawaii, Maine, …

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 …