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SWS and Scientific Societies Comment on EPA Proposed Rule to Update Clean Water Act Regulations on Water Quality Certification

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SWS and eight other scientific societies submitted comment letters on October 21, 2019 in opposition to the EPA's proposed rule "Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification" https://www.epa.gov/cwa-401/updating-regulations-water-quality-certification. The proposed rule provides no scientific basis for how it would contribute to upholding th...
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2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival

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The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) had a booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (SEF) in Washington, D.C. on April 7 and 8, where SWS members volunteered. The SEF is free to attendees and allows children, teens and families to interact with over 3,000 hand-on exhibits "from the world's leading scientific and engineering s...
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Supreme Court decision on WOTUS jurisdiction spurs EPA action

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Written by the American Fisheries SocietyOn January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be heard in district courts rather than in U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal presenting a procedural hurdle to the Trump Administration's efforts to repeal and replace the 2015 rule with a narrower rule.Indust...
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House to examine state capacity to administer wetland protection

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The House Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or "WOTUS" rule. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.The subcommittee will also examine state participation in administering Clean Water Act regulat...
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SWS attends SACNAS 2017

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SWS attended SACNAS 2017 - The National Diversity in STEM Conference - along with its Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) partners in October.  
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CASS condemns silencing of EPA scientists

October 27, 2017 - The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is very concerned with the actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit three EPA scientists from presenting their research at "The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed" workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, on 23 October 2017. CASS values sci...
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CASS requests proposed WOTUS Repeal not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act

September 21, 2017 - SWS and the other scientific societies within CASS submitted a letter requesting that the proposed Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act, which would exempt it from the public review process. Read the full letter. 
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CASS Writes a Letter Requesting an Extension of Public Comment Period for WOTUS Repeal

August 8, 2017 - The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting an extension of the public comment period for the WOTUS Clean Water Rule repeal. To read the letter, click here. 
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U.S. Scientists Can Add Their Names to WOTUS Clean Water Rule Comment Letter Before August 28 Deadline

 August 4, 2017 - SWS encourages members to submit individual comment letters on the proposed repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States Clean Water Rule (see preceding news item for details), prior to the August 28th submission deadline here. In addition to sending individualized comment letters, or if you are short on time, wetlands...
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Comments on Rule to Repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule due by August 28 - CASS warns against the repeal of WOTUS

July 27, 2017 - The rule to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule (CWR) was filed on July 27 in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule to repeal are due by August 28. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers first announced their intent to repeal and replace WOTUS CWR on June 27, 2017, to im...
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