WOTUS Public Meeting August 2021

In the August 4, 2021 Federal Register (WOTUS_Fed Reg_2021-08-04) the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) announced a series of public meetings and roundtables as they develop a revised definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).  Per the enclosed notice, there will be two rulemaking steps.

The first rulemaking is referred to as a “foundational rule” that will “restore longstanding protections.”  The intent is to “restore the regulations defining WOTUS that were “were in place for decades until 2015, with updates to be consistent with relevant Supreme Court decisions.”  The second rulemaking will build “on that regulatory foundation.”

During August 2021 EPA and the ACOE will hold public meetings (via webcast) to hear from interested stakeholders on their perspectives on defining WOTUS.  The public meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

August 18, 2021, from 3 pm to 5 pm (ET)

August 23, 2021, from 1 pm to 3 pm (ET)

August 25, 2021, from 3 pm to 5 pm (ET) – this meeting is intended for “small entities”

August 26, 2021, from 6 p. to 8 pm (ET)

August 31, 2021, from 3 pm to 5 pm (ET)

The link below will take you to an EPA website where you can register for one of the public meetings.

https://www.epa.gov/wotus/public-outreach-and-stakeholder-engagement-activities

According to the enclosed Federal Register notice, the agencies also plan to hold ten (10) roundtable sessions around the country.  No details have been provided.

The agencies are also accepting written recommendations on the definition of WOTUS up to September 3, 2021. Written recommendations can be submitted to the public docket.  You can access public docket at the following link,

https://www.regulations.gov/

and then enter the following: EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0328

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.