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Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking

Outreach Meetings

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) held ten teleconferences to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Nine of the teleconferences were tailored to a specific sector, i.e., agriculture (row crop, livestock, silviculture); conservation (hunters and anglers); small entities (small businesses, small organizations, small jurisdictions); construction and transportation; environment and public advocacy (including health and environmental justice); mining; industry (energy, chemical, oil/gas); scientific organizations and academia; and stormwater, wastewater management, and drinking water agencies. One of the teleconferences was open to the general public at large.

The teleconferences ran throughout the fall on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time, beginning on September 19, 2017. In addition, the agencies held an in-person meeting with small entities on October 23, 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Eastern Time.

Schedule of Public Meetings

The teleconferences, as scheduled below, are intended to solicit recommendations for the Step 2 rulemaking to define “waters of the United States.” During the teleconferences, EPA provided brief background information on the Step 2 rulemaking and progress to date. Stakeholders had the opportunity to provide input, particularly with regard to the charge in the Executive Order

Persons or organizations wishing to provide verbal recommendations during the teleconference were selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the expected volume of participants, individuals were asked to limit their oral presentation to three minutes. The agencies also encouraged stakeholders to submit supporting materials and written feedback to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480. The agencies will not be formally responding to verbal or written recommendations.

Small Entities (small businesses, small organizations, small governmental jurisdictions)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern
 

Environment and Public Advocacy (including health, environmental justice)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern
 

Conservation (hunters, anglers)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00-4:00 pm Eastern

Presentation

Construction and Transportation

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Presentation

Agriculture (row crop, livestock, silviculture)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:00-4:00 pm Eastern

Presentation

Industry (energy, chemical, oil/gas)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Presentation

Mining

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern
 

Scientific Organizations and Academia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern
 

Stormwater, Wastewater Management, and Drinking Water Agencies

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Presentation

General Public

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 1:00-3:30 pm Eastern

Small Entities In-Person Meeting

Monday, October 23, 2017, from 9:00 to 11:00 am Eastern

Presentation

Submitting Recommendations

EPA established a docket, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480, to be included in the administrative record of the regulation revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The docket closed on November 28, 2017. Written recommendations can be found here on the docket. Please note that this docket is separate from the docket for the Step 1 proposed rulemaking to re-codify the pre-existing regulations, which closed on September 27, 2017. Click here for information on the Step 1 rulemaking.