NMHC continues to oppose efforts to expand the definition of waters subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Next week, we will hold briefings on Capitol Hill as part of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC). NMHC is a founding member of WAC, a broad coalition of public and private organizations that depend on our nation’s water resources to provide vital services.
As we reported last week, EPA’s proposed revised definition is so overly broad that even artificial ponds used to store rainwater to prevent runoff would be federally regulated. Such a move would dramatically expand the number of developers subject to federal permitting requirements.
On Feb. 20, we will brief both the House and Senate on the economic and environmental/regulatory impacts of EPA’s guidance and draft rulemaking. Featured guests will include Dr. David Sunding, Thomas J. Graff Chair of Natural Resource Economics with the University of California, Berkeley.