KY Sierra Club Water Committee Meeting – JOIN US!

Shillalah Creek in Bell Co., KY: by Chuck Summers

Shillalah Creek in Bell Co., KY: by Chuck Summers

PLEASE JOIN US …
this Saturday, August 9th, in the Community Room at the Midway Branch Library, Northside Drive (on the road to the Northside Elementary School) for an important meeting on water issues in Kentucky, and how we can work towards getting more of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) included under the protections of the Clean Water Act.

TOPIC:                 WOTUS (Waters Of The US – in Kentucky)
TIME:                   August 9, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
LOCATION:       Midway Branch – Woodford County Public Library (Map)

Midway Branch
400 Northside Dr.
Midway, KY 40347
Phone: (859) 846-4014

QUESTIONS:        Hank Graddy, 859-229-4033, water@kentucky.sierraclub.org

SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS MEETING:  At our previous meeting on June 28, 2014 we introduced and explained the need for the EPA proposed regulation to bring more clarity to the meaning of  “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as that term is used in the Clean Water Act.  We also focused on the Interpretive Rule that exempts certain USDA NRCS Conservation Practices from Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting.  We developed a plan of action and schedule.

IMPORTANT DATES & SUPPLEMENTAL INFO:

  1. August 9, 2014:  Our next meeting is this Saturday, August 9th!
  2. October 4, 2014:  We are also planning to have a Water Committee meeting in conjunction with our Cumberland Chapter ExCom Meeting on October 4th – see our Cumberland Chapter Activities Calendar for more info.
  3. TBD:  When Congress takes up the appropriations bills, there are legislative threats to the proposed WOTUS regulation.
  4. The materials we will be reviewing can be found at the US EPA web site at:  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters
  5. Letter (June 2014) from Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune to EPA Admin Gine McCarthy regarding WOTUS and the Interpretive Rule
  6. Cumberland Chapter comments (July 7, 2014) to US EPA re the Interpretive Rule

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE, Saturday, August 9, 2014:

9:00 – 10:00 AM:  Overview of the proposed regulation, why it is needed, and what it does and does not do.  This will repeat some of what we discussed on June 28, so everyone is caught up.

10:00 to 11:00:  Detailed review of the areas of attack from Farm Bureau and others, and a more detailed review of what the regulation will mean in Kentucky.

11:00 to 12:00:   Strategy in Kentucky:  What will we accomplish by October 20, 2014

12:00 to 1:00:    Lunch – TBD

1:00 – 4:00  THE WATERSHED WATCH IN KENTUCKY will hold their board meeting at this location until 4:00.  Sierra Club members are welcome to stay.

BACKGROUND

On April 21, 2014,  US EPA published a proposed rule to try to bring more certainty and guidance to the determination of what was and was not within the meaning of the term “Waters of The US”  (WOTUS).

You can find the proposed regulation, and helpful explanations, at:

  1. Kentucky Waterways Alliance – kwalliance.org/wotus -
  2. NRDC – http://www.nrdc.org/water/assaultonwater.asp
  3. US EPA -  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm
  4. American Rivers – https://www.americanrivers.org/blog/spotlight-prairie-potholes/
  5. National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Protect-Habitat/Waters/Clean-Water-Act.aspx

NOTE CAREFULLY:  EPA is NOT trying to define that term – WOTUS – as it was defined and implemented before SWANNC and RAPANOS – two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.  EPA is trying to implement the instructions from the Supreme Court.  Many of us want Congress to strengthen the Clean Water Act by getting rid of the word “navigable” and by making it clear that all waters are “Water Of The US” getting Clean Water Act protection.  But until Congress acts, the EPA is bound by the language in the current CWA as interpreted by the Supreme Court.  The proposed regulation is consistent with both Supreme Court opinions.

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About sherryotto

State Coordinator and Conservation Manager (staff) for the Sierra Club's Kentucky Chapter.
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One Response to KY Sierra Club Water Committee Meeting – JOIN US!

  1. marcia hopkins says:

    Can’t come this time, but pls keep me posted for next mtg.

    Sent from my iPhone

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