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Note: This is a second part in a series about the AWIA of 2018. Read the first part here.

With Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Harvey focusing increased attention on vulnerabilities and preparedness, the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 significantly...

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Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had to re-schedule a webinar and public hearings for the proposed new definition of "Waters of the United States."

A 60-day comment period will begin once the new proposed rule is released in the Federal Register, which is expected to be as early as Feb. 11. For more information on the public comment period, ...

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Water systems across the U.S. have compliance deadlines beginning in March 2020 to assess infrastructure risks from natural and man-made hazards and to develop plans for emergency response and improved resiliency against those risks.

The American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 contains new requirements for risk and resiliency planning and documentation...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States."

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can...

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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s inundation of Houston in August 2017, Freese and Nichols quickly put boots on the ground to help the Harris County Flood Control District assess the extent of flood damage to the 2,500 miles of channels across the county and estimate the costs of repairs.

However, this was only the beginning of the post...

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has announced that it received EPA approval of the draft general permit for Phase II (Small) MS4s on July 31, 2018. The public notice was published in the Texas Register and 13 newspapers across the state Friday, August 24, 2018. The draft permit and fact sheet have been released, initiating the 30-day public review and comment period (August 24, 2018-September 24, 2018).

TCEQ has stated that it is still trying to meet the...

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Update on Stormwater General Permit TXR040000

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continues to negotiate with the EPA regarding provisions for the upcoming renewal of the Phase II (Small) MS4 5-year permit, which requires cities and other public entities in populated areas to implement a stormwater quality program. The current permit is scheduled to expire in December, and the draft renewal permit’s scheduled April release for public review and comment this month appears to be pushed back to at...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requesting Letters of Interest for water infrastructure projects across the country for consideration under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program with as much as $5.5 billion in loans available. 

Those seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 6.

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