Policy Letters

Letters to Congress and the Administration on behalf of the

Western States Water Council


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,...

2018 Farm Bill

On August 30, 2018, the WSWC sent a letter to the Farm Bill Conference Committee supporting important water-related provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. For a copy of the letter see:  August 30 2018 Letter and Position to Farm Bill...

WOTUS Rulemaking Outreach

On February 20, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army held a “WOTUS Outreach Webinar for State Partners” to discuss their direction and progress toward revising the jurisdictional definition of “waters of the United States.”...

Rulemaking: Corps Water Supply and Surplus Waters

On December 16, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a notice of proposed rulemaking, 81 FR 91556, updating its policies on the use of Corps reservoir projects for domestic, municipal, and industrial water supply. The revisions are intended to...

Rulemaking: Baseline Water Quality Standards for Tribes without TAS authority

On September 19, 2016, the EPA Administrator signed an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to invite comments on whether to establish federal baseline water quality standards (WQS) for Indian reservation waters that do not currently have Clean Water Act-effective WQS in place, and if so, what those WQS should be and how they should be implemented.