Southeastern Waterkeeper Groups Send Priority Letter to EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn

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Miami Waterkeeper and 51 other Waterkeeper organizations in the Southeast joined together to send a letter to EPA Region 4 administrator, Trey Glenn. This letter highlights the region's most pressing water quality challenges and identifies priority water resource issues for Region 4 as leadership transitions under the new administration. 

The letter covers the following topics: 

1) Hydrologic Alteration and Flow Protections

-- Urging EPA to continue its focus on hydrologic alteration and explicit flow protections. 

-- Requesting that Region 4 requires every state in the region to formulate a water quality standard for flow.

-- Encouraging EPA Region 4 to continue supporting states in listing waters as impaired due to hydrologic alteration.

2) TMDL Development

-- Urging EPA to prioritize TMDL development for impaired waters under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

-- Asking EPA to encourage states to devote resources to this process.

3) Nutrients

-- Asking Region 4 to ensure that states are properly identifying waters impacted by nutrients for the Section 303(d) list for States without numeric nutrient water quality criteria.

-- Requesting that EPA ensure that states are implementing proper nutrient-related assessment methodologies to develop the Section 303(d) list.

-- Urging Region 4 to assist states in addressing nonpoint nutrient pollution and implementing strong chlorophyll-a
standards.

4) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

-- Requesting that Region 4 actively partner with our states to improve the regulation and control of pollution from industrialized swine, poultry, and dairy facilities.

5) Sewage 

--  Asking that EPA encourage states and local communities to find and dedicate necessary funding to fix wastewater treatment plants.

-- Requesting increased oversight and enforcement of sewage spills.

6) Stormwater

-- Offering partnership opportunities with Region 4 in the development of strategies and programs to address stormwater runoff.

-- Develop and implementing controls to reduce stormwater pollution to the Maximum Extent Practicable.

7) Enforcement

-- Asking Region 4 to hold our states accountable for meeting enforcement standards, set clear and consistent performance benchmarks for state programs, and act effectively to curtail inconsistent enforcement by states.

-- Requesting more rigorous enforcement of NPDES permit limits, TMDLs, state water quality standards, and antidegradation policies.  

8) Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

-- Urging EPA to take an integrative approach in decision-making that considers climate change and associated impacts.

 

To read the letter in its entirety, click HERE

 


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Southeastern Waterkeeper Groups Send Priority Letter to EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn
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