The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule change to the “Waters of the U.S.” definition that threaten the Clean Water Act.
The “Waters of the U.S.” Rule defines which waters are under federal jurisdiction through the Clean Water Act. The proposed changes to the Rule would remove several types of waterbodies, such as interstate waters and wetlands, and ephemeral or intermittent streams, from federal jurisdiction.
This change at the federal level would impact Iowa. The Mississippi River Network has created a sample public comment letter that you can use as is to submit your comment. For your convenience, a letter copy addressed to the EPA Docket Center is available on the right side of the page.
Ways to submit comments:
Online Comments (preferred): visit regulations.gov to submit online comments.
Mail: To submit comments by mail, please send comments to:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center, Office of Water Docket
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. for this rulemaking (EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149). Comments on the proposed rulemaking are due by April 15th, 2019.
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