Notice of Public Meetings Regarding “Waters of the United States”
On June 9, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States.” This process includes two rulemakings: a foundational rule to restore longstanding protections, and an anticipated second rule that builds on that regulatory foundation. The forthcoming rule will propose to restore the regulations defining "waters of the United States" in place for decades until 2015, updated to be consistent with relevant Supreme Court decisions. The agencies will also pursue a second rulemaking process that further refines and builds upon that regulatory foundation.
This notice includes a schedule for initial public meetings to hear from interested stakeholders on their perspectives on defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act and how to implement that definition as the agencies pursue this process. The agencies are accepting written recommendations from members of the public. The docket closes on September 3, 2021.
The agencies are also planning further opportunities for engagement. Future opportunities will include 10 geographically focused roundtables that will provide for broad, transparent, regionally focused discussions among a full spectrum of stakeholders.