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February 18, 2020
If you are an owner or operator of a TNC system serving groundwater or purchased treated water this workshop will help you comply with the rules and regulations associated with producing and distributing drinking water. Topics covered during the workshop include: recordkeeping requirements, disinfectant residual monitoring, Coliform sampling, monitoring plan, plant operations manual, distribution map, Public Notice, maintenance, plans & specifications, and how to use drinking water watch.
The Winter 2020 edition of the DoD Cultural Resources Program newsletter, "Cultural Resources Update," is attached. Highlights include partnerships with the CESU Network, 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award winners, ANG NAGRPA repatriation, NPS Story Maps, announcements, training, and more.
February 14, 2020
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to normal farming activities and to require the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to apply certain decisions of the Secretary of Agriculture when enforcing such Act.
(Congressional Record: 7 February 2020 [House]Pages H976-H977)
Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. The truth is, different user types often need different amenities, but we all have far more in common than not. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do? This webinar will dive into the issues around multi-use conflicts by first understanding the needs of the different user groups, and then exploring best practices for meeting those needs through innovative planning and design techniques.
In Fiscal Year 2019, the EPA continued to strengthen its collaborative partnership with state and tribal programs to assure compliance with federal environmental laws. EPA continued to focus its resources in areas that will have a major environmental or human health impact, support the integrity of our environmental regulatory programs, create a deterrent effect, or promote cleanups. In FY 2019, EPA also continued to encourage entities to self-disclose and correct violations, resulting in an increase of entities that used this option to return to compliance.
February 13, 2020
EPA released its 2018 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis. Findings from this publicly available report show an increase in recycling of TRI chemical wastes nationwide and indicate that companies continue to find ways to implement new source reduction activities and reduce the quantities of TRI chemicals they release into the environment. This year's National Analysis expands the focus on geographical trends in chemical waste management across the country. New features include profiles exploring the diversity of industrial operations in each EPA region and a closer look at data from the hazardous waste management sector and the aerospace manufacturing sector.
EPA announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds (SRFs). This funding assists states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the United States. In 2020, EPA is providing approximately $1.6 billion in new federal grant funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). This funding is available for a wide range of water infrastructure projects, including modernizing aging wastewater infrastructure, implementing water reuse and recycling and addressing stormwater. EPA is also making available more than $1.07 billion in new federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). This funding can be used for loans that help drinking water systems install treatment for contaminants, improve distribution systems by removing lead service lines and improve system resiliency to natural disasters such as floods.
February 12, 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 2019 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress during the Trump administration.
Nominations for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, for the award period of FY 2018-2019, are due to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Sustainment) (OASD(S)) by February 28, 2020. The window to submit nominations to OASD(S) is open from February 17 through February 28, 2020.
February 11, 2020
Tree health and risk is heavily influenced by the health and quality of the soil surrounding it. Soil provides trees with essential nutrients, water, support, gas exchange, and more, but these services are limited when, for example, soil is compromised through pollution, compaction, and limited root volume. In this webinar, you will learn about the biological and arboricultural basis for managing soils of community trees, including understanding spacing between trees, canopy gap openings, water harvesting into soil below pavement, protection during construction, and recommended soil volumes. The webinar will explore how aesthetic design issues affect trees and the sustainability of urban development projects and landscapes. Join us in learning why soil is one of the most important parts of maintaining a viable and long-lived community tree canopy.
The field of emergency management has been helping communities assess, plan for, and respond to extreme weather events and other disasters for decades. However, the approaches developed to help communities assess the risk and the potential impacts of extreme weather events have rarely been updated to include climate change. While requirements at the local level vary state by state, there is an opportunity to mainstream adaptation planning and preparedness into the hazard mitigation process. If only we can find ways to effectively merge these two fields and ensure that communities are planning and preparing for both current and future hazards. This webinar brings together representatives of different agencies and organizations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of climate-smart hazard planning and provide examples of where and how disaster preparedness is being used to improve resilience across the country.
The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 73rd Annual International Conference in Seattle, Washington, April 29–May 3, 2020. SAH members from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture of Seattle and nearby areas. The conference will include 36 paper sessions, roundtables and workshops, architecture and landscape tours, networking receptions, and more.
February 10, 2020
Landscape ecology is about people, ecosystems, species, energy, pollutants, GIS and remote sensing, modeling, disturbance, flows, conservation, and many other things. What distinguishes landscape ecology from other areas of ecological and conservation science is the explicit link between spatial pattern and spatial processes. At the conference 22 special symposium and 8 workshops will cover topics including but not limited to: landscape modelling, borderless landscapes, social-ecological dynamics in urban ecosystems, measuring urban sprawl, forest management, and green infrastructure.
February 07, 2020
The 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is an annual event and an opportunity for partners and key stakeholders to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Attendees take part in interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as multiple opportunities to network with peers.
Richmond, Virginia (RVA) is the host city, on and around the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and blossoming amidst the excitement of a resurgent James River. Providing power for iron works and a thoroughfare for commerce; suffering decades of untold levels of misuse as the regions dumping vessel; the James is redefining the City as its environmental, economic and cultural centerpiece.
The 2020 Watershed and Stormwater Conference in Austin, TX will provide a forum for watershed and stormwater professionals throughout the nation to learn how to increase the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to our water resources -- from headwaters to coasts. Network with water resource managers, practitioners, researchers and regulators from all over the United States. The conference will include technical presentations, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and field trips.
February 06, 2020
A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on the impacts that the expansion of wilderness designations in the Western United States would have on the readiness of the Armed Forces of the United States with respect to aviation training. (Congressional Record: 29 January 2020 [House] Page H712
The EPA is revising its regulations to streamline and clarify processes related to submission and review of title V petitions. This final rule implements changes in three key areas: Method of petition submittal to the agency, required content and format of petitions, and administrative record requirements for permits.This change is anticipated to provide more complete permit records during the EPA's 45-day review period for proposed permits, the 60-day petition window, and the EPA's review of any petition submitted, and thus reduce the likelihood that the Administrator will grant a petition because of an incomplete permit record. The effective date of this final rule is 6 April 2020. POC is Ms. Carrie Wheeler, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), Air Quality Policy Division, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-03, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; by tele: (919) 541-9771; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Federal Registry 5 February 2020 [Final Rule] Pages 6431-6446
NMFS announces a 12-month finding on a petition to delineate Northern California (NC) summer-run steelhead as a distinct population segment (DPS) of West Coast steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and to list that DPS as endangered under the ESA. NMFS has completed a comprehensive DPS analysis of NC summer-run steelhead in response to the petition. Based on the best scientific and commercial data available, including the DPS configuration review report, NMFS has determined that listing NC summer-run steelhead as an endangered DPS is not warranted. NMFS determined that summer-run steelhead in the NC steelhead DPS do not meet the criteria to be considered a DPS separate from winter-run steelhead. NMFS also announced the availability of the DPS configuration review report prepared pursuant to the ESA for the NC steelhead DPS. This finding was made on 5 February 2020. POC is Gary Rule, NMFS West Coast Region at email@example.com, (503) 230-5424. (Federal Registry 5 February 2020 [Notice] Pages 6527-6531
FWS proposes to designate critical habitat for the yellow lance (Elliptio lanceolata) under the ESA. In total, approximately 319 river miles (mi) (514 kilometers (km)) in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. If this rule is finalized, it would extend the Act's protections to this species' critical habitat. FWS will accept comments on the proposed rule and draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before 6 April 2020. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, FWS, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tele: 919-856-4520. (Federal Register: 6 February 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 6856-6883)
February 04, 2020
A bill to require the Comptroller General to evaluate and issue a report on the structural and economic impacts of climate resiliency at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including recommendations on how to improve the building codes and standards that the Agency uses to prepare for climate change and address resiliency in housing, public buildings, and infrastructure such as roads and bridges. (Congressional Record: 29 January 2020 [House] Page H712
February 03, 2020
FWS intends to prepare a draft EIS pursuant to NEPA. FWS hereby notifies Federal, State, and local agencies, tribes, and the public of our intentions to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a proposal to adopt a regulation that clarifies that the MBTA's prohibitions on pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same, apply only to actions directed at migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs, and, therefore, do not extend to incidental take, which occurs when injury or mortality to migratory birds results from, but is not the purpose of, an activity. FWS invites input on the scope of the proposed NEPA analysis, the pertinent issues to address, and alternatives to FWS's proposed approach for implementing the MBTA. FWS plans to hold multiple public scoping webinars to inform the public about the proposal. Public scoping will begin with the publication of this document in the Federal Register and will continue through 19 March 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, FWS at 202-208-1050. (Federal Register: 3 February 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 5913-5915
FWS proposes to adopt a regulation that defines the scope of the MBTA as it applies to conduct resulting in the injury or death of migratory birds protected by the Act. This proposed rule is consistent with the Solicitor's Opinion, M-37050, which concludes that the MBTA's prohibitions on pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same, apply only to actions directed at migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs. FWS will accept written comments on this proposed rule until 19 March 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, at 202-208-1050. (Federal Register: 3 February 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 5915-5926
This February 2020 edition of The Corps Environment is an online quarterly news magazine published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is intended to provide information about USACE and Army environmental initiatives, policies and technologies.
January 31, 2020
January 30, 2020
Various photos taken at the 2019 Federal Environmental Symposium.
January 29, 2020
RSL 2010-2 implements the Energy Star® requirement of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2010 for lease acquisition.
NMFS determined that a designation of critical habitat for the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, NMFS finds that there are no areas that meet the definition of critical habitat for the species; the species primarily occurs outside the jurisdiction of the United States, and areas within the jurisdiction of the United States provide no more than negligible conservation value, if any. Given the above circumstances, NMFS determined that a designation of critical habitat for this species is not prudent. This finding is made on January 29, 2020. POC is Maggie Miller, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 427-8403.NMFS determined that a designation of critical habitat for the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, NMFS finds that there are no areas that meet the definition of critical habitat for the species; the species primarily occurs outside the jurisdiction of the United States, and areas within the jurisdiction of the United States provide no more than negligible conservation value, if any. This finding is made on January 29, 2020. POC is Maggie Miller, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources,(301) 427-8403.(Federal Register: 29 January 2020 [Notice] pages 5197-5201).
GSA recently updated their leasing documents, including the sustainability requirements. The Leasing Alert briefly describes background for the sustainability modifications. The updated leasing document can be found under Contract/Procurement Language in the Acquisitions Program area on FedCenter (look under Green Lease Policies and Procedures for Lease Acquisition, GSA Realty Services Letter, RSL-2007-12)
January 28, 2020
The USFW is initiating 5-year status reviews of 66 species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, they are requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last review. They are requesting submission of new information no later than 27 March 2020. POC is Peter Erickson, Tele: 916-414-6741.
(Federal Register; 27 January 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 4692-4694).
The USFW proposes to designate critical habitat for the Big Sandy crayfish (Cambarus callainus) and the Guyandotte River crayfish (C. veteranus) under the ESA. In total, approximately 582 stream kilometers (skm) (362 stream miles (smi)) in Martin and Pike Counties, Kentucky; Buchanan, Dickenson, and Wise Counties, Virginia; and McDowell, Mingo, and Wayne Counties, West Virginia, are proposed as critical habitat for the Big Sandy crayfish. Approximately 135 skm (84 smi) in Logan and Wyoming Counties, West Virginia, are proposed as critical habitat for the Guyandotte River crayfish. USFWS will accept comments on the proposed rule that are received or postmarked on or before March 30, 2020. POC is Martin Miller, Chief, Endangered Species, USFWS, North Atlantic-Appalachian Regional Office, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; tele: 413-253-8615.(Federal Register; 28 January 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 5072-5122).
January 23, 2020
Document includes FY11-FY17 DOE GreenBuy Award winners
This webinar will provide an overview of the data in ECHO and guide users through using the site to answer environmental compliance and enforcement questions. The focus of this session will be a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users.
January 22, 2020
A bill to extend the withdrawal and reservation of certain public land in the State of Nevada for the continued use of the Nevada test and training range, to designate certain land in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness,
[Congressional Record: 15 January 2020 [House] Page H299)
USFWS proposes to reclassify the humpback chub (Gila cypha) from an endangered species to a threatened species on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, due to partial recovery. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 23, 2020. POC is Tom Chart, Director, USFWS, Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, P.O. Box 25486, DFC, Lakewood, CO 80225; tele: 303-236-9885.
(Federal Register: 22 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 3586-3601)
This document advises the public that USFWS intends to gather information necessary to develop a proposed rule to expand management of double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) throughout the United States, and prepare a draft environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. USFWS is furnishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking to advise other agencies and the public of our intentions; obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to include in the environmental review; and announce public scoping webinars to occur in 2020. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before March 9, 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 202-208-1050.
(Federal Register: 22 January 2020 [Proposed Rules] Pages 3601-3603)
EPA announced that it issued eight Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) enforcement orders to federal facilities in Fiscal Year 2019. The SDWA enforcement orders were issued to ensure public health protection through compliance with federal drinking water standards at public water systems operated by federal facilities. EPA issued five orders to federal facilities for violations of the public water system requirements. These orders addressed different violations at each facility and include orders to monitor lead and copper, nitrate and total coliform bacteria; to lower copper levels; and to address system deficiencies. EPA also issued three orders to federal facilities for imminent and substantial endangerment. An order was issued to one facility to address a main water break, to another facility to address an e-coli positive sample; and a third facility to repair and replace piping in imminent danger of failing. EPA continues to work with these federal facilities to address violations of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations and ensure public health protection. EPA has identified protection of drinking water as a National Compliance Initiative (NCI), indicating that it is an enforcement and compliance priority.
January 21, 2020
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to set aside not less than 5 percent of certain funds for certain active transportation projects and activities from the Federal lands transportation program and Federal lands access program. (Congressional Record: 16 January 2020 [House] Pages H324-H325)