Policy Letters

Letters to Congress and the Administration on behalf of the

Western States Water Council

Archive

Rulemaking: Corps withdrawal of the Water Supply Rule.

On January 21, 2020, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James directed the Corps to withdraw the Water Supply Rule (81 FR 91556), published in 2016. In a Corps press release he said: “In coordination with the administration and the intent to have...

National Water Reuse Action Plan

On December 16, 2019, the WSWC commented on the EPA's notice and request for comments on the proposed National Water Reuse Action Plan (84 FR 48612) posted on September 16, 2019. In 2011, the WSWC completed a report titled “Water Reuse in the West: State Programs...

Rulemaking: Comments on CWA §401 proposed rule

On October 21, 2019, the WSWC commented on EPA's proposed rule Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification (84 FR 44080) (EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0405). The letter asserts that EPA's proposed rule "dismisses approximately 50 years of state/federal practice. It...

Satellite Water Data and FCC Radio Frequencies

On June 12, 2019, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held an oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss, among other things, the FCC's efforts to auction radio frequencies in the high- and mid-band...

Rulemaking: Revised definition of WOTUS

On April 12, 2019, the WSWC commented on the Corps and EPA's revised definition of "waters of the United States," EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149. The comment emphasized the importance of cooperative federalism, technical and financial assistance, mapping and geospatial data,...