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 Post subject: WOTUS on Tribes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:48 pm 
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Dana,

Hi. Thank you for your email. About two weeks ago, EPA distributed a draft summary of current tribal Clean Water Act programs to assist in assist in our consideration of tribal programs in light of the EPA and the Army’s rulemaking to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Input was originally due by March 19; however, we have recently heard that there are some tribes who have not received the information. We are working to do some additional outreach, and have extended the deadline for submitting comments to April 15. Please see a description of the effort below. A copy of the draft summary is attached, and if you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

EPA developed a draft summary of current tribal Clean Water Act programs to assist in our consideration of tribal programs in light of the EPA and the Army’s rulemaking to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Agency is asking that you please review the attached draft document. EPA drafted this assessment from existing publicly available sources and EPA’s in-house expertise, and would like your input on this draft document. We welcome corrections and additions to this document, particularly about your tribe’s water programs and relevant tribal codes. If you find errors and missing information, please supplement the information with additional content and citations. We intend this technical review to represent a co-regulator opportunity for engagement, so kindly limit the distribution of this draft document to tribal officials who have a need to know. Comments and corrections should be emailed to CWAwotus@epa.gov by April 15, 2018. The summary document developed by EPA will ultimately become part of the proposed rulemaking docket and made publicly available.

Sincerely,

Karen Gude
Tribal Program Coordinator
U.S. EPA/Office of Water
Phone: (202) 564-0831


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