Tag: Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution.

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

Regulating Animal Feeding Operations: A New Attempt

They say optimism is seeing the glass half full. They also say one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You can decide for yourself whether 35 of the country’s environmental groups are optimistic or crazy, but they’re trying something that

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

What exactly does “navigable” mean? Vague definitions of which bodies of water are protected by federal agencies have confounded policy makers for decades. In 1972, the Clean Water Act gave federal authorities the power to regulate pollution in “navigable waters.” The job of determining which of those waters the policy

Editor’s Comments: “The Greater Good”

It may have been a little jarring to hear at the beginning of the year that the Trump administration ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its climate change website, or that it put a freeze on new EPA grants and contracts, or that EPA employees were told to

Reader Profile: Cynthia Finley

Reader Profile: Cynthia Finley

A toilet is not a trashcan, points out Cynthia A. Finley, yet many consumers treat it as such. The consequence: the nation’s water quality—and the infrastructure conveying wastewater—is compromised. In some cases, surface water is a potable water source. That which impacts water quality is always on Finley’s radar as

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Stream Buffers

Stream Buffers

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

EPA Announces 2016 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

EPA Announces 2016 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its 2016 annual enforcement and compliance results, highlighted by a series of high-impact cases that are delivering environmental and public health benefits to communities across the country. During EPA’s 2016 fiscal year—which spanned October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016—EPA

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