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EPA Report: Connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters

Published On: 11/1/2013

Comments invited on EPA report focused on connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) is inviting scientists and the public to comment on the report “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence” that was prepared by EPA’s Office of Research and Development. This report examines the effects that headwater and ephemeral streams and wetlands have on larger downstream waters. It will contribute to the scientific foundation for the role played by headwater and ephemeral streams and wetlands within watersheds and will inform future water resource policies and priorities. Most immediately, it will inform a pending Clean Water Act rulemaking defining which waters will be “Waters of the United States” protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act and related state laws. The SAB meets publicly December 16-18, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Comments can be submitted by signing the joint Scientists Comment Letter by November 4, 2013 or by submitting an individual comment letter by November 6, 2013.

SFS members are invited to present relevant science to the SAB review panel public meeting by emailing SAB officer Dr. Thomas Armitage (armitage.thomas@epa.gov) or calling him at (202) 564–2155 and requesting a speaking slot.

Click here for detailed directions for submitting oral and written comments.

For more information, feel free to contact Michael Paul (mikejpaul13@gmail.com).

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