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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|

USGS/Streamgages

On March 25, a coalition of 57 stakeholders - led by the Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP) and joined by the WSWC - submitted letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, in support of the USGS streamgage network.  “These vital networks, managed within the USGS Groundwater and

By |April 20th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

USGS/Aquifers

On April 1, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced an update to its National Water Quality Program (NWQP) with the completion of four new surveys of principle aquifers across the nation. About 140 million people, half the nation’s population, rely on groundwater for their drinking water. The USGS has sampled almost 1,100 deep public-supply wells

By |April 10th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|

Streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin

On March 29, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced the results of a collaborative study published in the journal Science, titled “Colorado River Flow Dwindles as Warming-Driven Loss of Reflective Snow Energizes Evaporation.” Previous studies have had wide-ranging estimates of streamflow reduction per degree increase in temperature (1-8%), complicating the task of planning and management

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: Administrative|