WEF WEBCAST: Analysis and Call to Action Against Congressional Policy Rider to Restrict Bypassing and CSO Discharges

Date: August 26, 2015
Time: 1 PM – 2 PM EST
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1659210693845111298

The Water Environment Federation is hosting a webcast on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 1 PM EST to inform and urge members to contact Congress to oppose a policy rider in the FY16 EPA appropriations bill that would restrict WRRFs and CSOs from releasing any water into the Great Lakes watershed, even in the event of a wet weather event, that has not been treated to secondary or NPDES standards.  The language is estimated to cost tens of billions of dollar in additional infrastructure investments on top of the tens of billions agencies are already investing under CSO Long Term Control Plans and efforts to reduce bypassing at treatment facilities.

WEF, in partnership with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, is hosting the webcast to provide analysis of the proposed policy by three experts in wet weather policy:

— Mr. Pat Bradley, Legislative Subcommittee Chair, WEF Government Affairs Committee

— Ms. Nancy Wheatley, Vice President, CDM Smith

— Mr. Brandon Koltz, Member Association Subcommittee Chair, WEF Government Affairs Committee

Additionally, recommendations will be given by WEF and NACWA staff of actions the public can take to oppose the proposed policy rider.  This webcast is open to all WEF members, and association government affairs committee members and water professionals in the Great Lakes region are strongly urged to participate. Non-Great Lakes region WEF members are urged to participate due to concerns that passage of this rider may set a precedent for similar restrictions in other watersheds. Please forward this invitation to all interested individuals.

For additional information, please contact Steve Dye at sdye@wef.org.

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