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The Administration's controversial "Waters of the United States" rule was submitted to the White House last week for interagency review by the Office of Management and Budget.  The advancement brings the rule one step closer to finalization after a lengthy consideration and development process.  It is unclear how long the rule will be in review though the original timetable expects it to be finalized in Spring 2015.
On January 7, NAFSMA joined an Amicus Brief with New York City, other state and local government agencies, and other non-governmental organizations in support of New York State’s NPDES stormwater general permit requirements. The final amended amicus brief was filed on January 7, 2015 in the New York State Court of Appeals in the matter  of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., et al.
On December 17th, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released final interagency principles and guidelines for federal investments in water resources projects.
NAFSMA on December 16 hosted a webinar with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers titled “Seeking Permission to Alter a USACE Project via Section 408”.  Tammy Conforti, PE, USACE Levee Safety Program Manager, presented the webinar and discussed the issue with NAFSMA members answering many important questions about the process. 
EPA on November 26 released a new memo on NPDES Stormwater Permits and TMDLs – This memo replaces the November 2002 memo and 2010 memorandums on the issue. The following language at the bottom of page two and top of page three of the November 26 memo summarizes the revisions in the new memorandum:
2015 NAFSMA Annual Meeting August 18-20, 2015Jackson Hole, Wyoming 2015 Annual Meeting Overview
NAFSMA member agencies are urged to submit comments as well and please feel to include any of the comments prepared by the association in your agency’s individual comments. Please note that comments are due by Friday, November 14, 2015.
The Local Government Advisory Committee’s (LGAC) Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup on November 5 issued its report on the proposed Waters of the United States rulemaking.  The LGAC’s summary of its public outreach on the proposed rule was conveyed to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a November 5 letter that accompanied the release of the report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA is offering this technical assistance to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.


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