Certification of Need EPA Webinar, WOTUS Roundtables

EPA Hosting Webinar on SDWA and Certification of Need

On November 18, 2021, from 11:30 to 12:30 PST, EPA is hosting a webinar “Lessons from the Field: Tips to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges.”  The intent of the webinar is to provide an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Section 1441 process, on Certification of Need.  Topics include:

  • Who is eligible for SDWA Section 1441;
  • How to apply;
  • What to expect after submitting an application; and
  • Key takeaways from recent supply chain disruptions.

“The webinar will include a panel of previous water and wastewater utilities that submitted applications under the SDWA Section 1441 authorities. The panelists will provide lessons learned from their experience using the SDWA Section 1441 program. In addition, they will also provide information on EPA collaboration activities which assisted them with mitigation actions to help resolve their supply chain challenges, such as emergency contracts and identifying alternate systems and suppliers.”

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Nominations for Locations for the Ten “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Roundtables

In the October 25, 2021 Federal Register, EPA and the US Department of the Army requested nominations “…for one of….ten geographically focused roundtables” The intent for the Roundtables “….is to engage individuals representing diverse perspectives in meaningful dialogue on the definition of WOTUS.”   Nomination letters were due by November 3, 2021.  In the November 8, 2021 Federal Register ( Fed Reg_WOTUS Roundtables_2021-11-08) EPA and the Department of the Army are extending the deadline for nominations until December 1, 2021.


  1. On June 9, 2021, EPA and the Department of the Army, published an announcement that they intend to revised the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
  2. On July 30, 2021 EPA the Department of the Army published a notice that they intend to hold ten “regionally focused roundtables.”