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Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee: January 23rd Meeting

The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee has scheduled its 2018 first quarter meeting for January 23rd. Items on the agenda include... ...more

Section 401 Water Quality Certification/Clean Water Act: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Pipeline's Waiver Argument

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Petition for Declaratory Order (“Order”) addressing Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s (“Constitution”) January 11th Petition for Declaratory Order...more

Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Issues Draft

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) issued a 622-page draft document titled: Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan (“Management Plan”) ...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel: December 14th Conference Call Scheduled

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced that the Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel (“Panel”) will hold a telephone conference at 1:30 p.m. on December 14th. ADEQ states the...more

Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award: Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E. (Beaver Water District) Announced as 2017 Winner

The Beaver Watershed Alliance announced that Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E., has received the 2017 Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award (“Award”). Mr. Fortenberry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Beaver Water District....more

Marijuana Cultivation: California State Water Board Adopts Policy Addressing Water Diversion/Discharge

The California State Water Board (“Board”) recently adopted what it describes as a “new statewide policy establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation in order to protect water flows and water quality...more

The Sting of a Thousand Cuts - China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 18, 2017, President Xi Jinping, in a three and a half hour speech to the Party Congress emphasized that building an ecological civilization is necessary for the continued development of China. He chose his words...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Variances Under the Clean Water Act/New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool: Jordan Wimpy (Mitchell Williams) Arkansas...

Jordan P. Wimpy undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation’s annual Convention and Trade Show titled: Variances Under the Clean Water Act – New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool...more

Citizen Suit Action/Clean Water Act: Environmental Group Alleges Failure by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address State...

Northwest Environmental Advocates (“NEA”) filed a November 6th Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Action in U.S. District Court in Washington alleging that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) had failed...more

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

State Water Quality Trading Programs/Nutrients: October 2017 U.S. Government Accountability Office Report

The United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued an October 2017 report titled: Some States Have Trading Programs to Help Address Nutrient Pollution, but Use Has Been Limited (“Report”) ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Considering Case with Major Implications for Western Water Rights

by Snell & Wilmer on

Several months ago, an earlier post in this blog described a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that recognized a federal reserved water right to groundwater [see Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water...more

Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance Receives Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Grant: October 16th Arkansas Water...

The October 16th edition of the Arkansas Water Resources Center publication Arkansas Water Currents (“AWC”) notes that the Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed (“LCPRW”) Alliance (“Alliance”) received a $75,000 grant from the...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Water Quality Trading Case Studies: Association of Clean Water Administrators Announces State Database

The Association of Clean Water Administrators (“ACWA”) announced it is accumulating water quality trading case studies on its website. ACWA describes itself as a national, nonpartisan, professional organization whose...more

Green Infrastructure/Water Quality: Beaver Watershed Alliance Announces Receipt of $500,000 Grant

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (“BWA”) issued a news release announcing its receipt of a $500,000 grant to build green infrastructure to improve water quality. - The grant was awarded by the Arkansas Natural Resources...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Solicitation: Projects, Programs, Initiatives and Activities Related to Water Quality...

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) states that it is, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center, soliciting information: - . . . of Water Quality...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...more

U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Public Notification of Drinking Water Quality

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an August 18th Project Notification stating that it is planning to begin preliminary research on the public notification of...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board Petition for Review: Land & Cattle Company August 22nd Challenge to New Mexico City/Village's...

The Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Company (“Rio Hondo”) filed an August 22nd Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board challenging certain terms and...more

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