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Indian Water Rights

On June 4, the Senate passed a Indian water rights package, including: the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act; the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act; and the Kickapoo Tribe Water Project Study. The Kickapoo Tribe Water Project Study directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a study of the Upper Delaware and Tributaries Watershed

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

Clean Water Act/Waters of the United States

On June 1, a group of 23 states including Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming filed a motion to intervene as defendants in California et al. v. Wheeler et al. (U.S. District Court, Northern California, #20-cv-03005). The lawsuit, filed by thirteen states, including California, New Mexico, Oregon

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On May 22, the EPA published a draft of Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs in the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria (85 FR 31184). This update to the national criteria recommendations will be the first in nearly 20 years. Once finalized, these recommendations will replace

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

WestFAST Webinars

The Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) will host a series of webinars in lieu of the Federal presentations originally scheduled as part of the WSWC Spring 2020 (192nd) Meetings and Washington, D.C. Roundtable, which were cancelled due to the COVID-19. May 12 - ESA Section 4 Rule Revisions May 14 - USGS Updates:

By |May 12th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

Navigable Waters Protection Rule

On April 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published the final Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register (85 FR 22250) (formerly known as the Waters of the United States or WOTUS or Clean Water Rule). The rule is slated to go into effect on June 22,

By |April 27th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|