USEPA Definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
1 hour 30 minutes
Understand the current legal and regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act.
The scope of the EPA and the Corps of Engineer’s reach under the Clean Water Act has been in constant flux over the last decade, with a myriad of court cases, rule makings, and guidance. How do you tell if a waterbody, stream or ditch is regulated? What regulation will ultimately survive attack in the court? Several leading environmental attorneys with extensive experience with Clean Water Act cases around the country will together provide their guidance on the state of play of WOTUS. This topic is intended to get you caught up on the most recent rule promulgations by EPA and the Corps in December 2019 and January 2020, and help you predict how these new regulations may impact your existing wetlands, NPDES, storm water, SPCC plans and permits under the Clean Water Act may be impacted.
• You will be able to define the current legal and regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act that apply to your project or facility in this ever-changing regulatory environment.
• You will be able to describe the complicated regulatory history of the fight over the scope of the Clean Water Act.
• You will be able to identify changes that may be needed to your permits or programs to adjust to the new regulatory standards.
• You will be able to discuss how the new regulations may continue to change and evolve and how that may impact your operations or projects in the future.