Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

House Bill 2137 – An Act to protect the rights of municipalities and districts

This bill would reaffirm existing law allowing water districts and municipalities to continue withdrawals from river basins at existing levels, subject to a renewal registration statement, and requires that the Department of Environmental Protection may only impose accurate metering on registration renewals. This bill is in opposition to a recent Mass Rivers Alliance petition to […]

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MA House Bill 2711; MA Senate Bill 420 – An Act Relative to Streamflow Standards

Amends provisions of the Massachusetts Water Management Act (GL c.21G) requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to create standards for restoring and maintaining stream flows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that are protective of natural aquatic life for all rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. These regulations are supposed to ‘ensure a balance among competing […]

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EPA and Army Move to Rescind 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” Definition

From EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. This action would, when finalized, provide certainty in the interim, pending […]

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Bipartisan Clean Water Bill Introduced in US House

from “This Week in Washington” (Water Environment Federation) Bipartisan Clean Water Bill Introduced in House Also during Infrastructure Week 2017, H.R. 2510, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2017, was introduced by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the House Committee on […]

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Bipartisan Water Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

from “This Week In Washington” (Water Environment Federation) Bipartisan Water Bill Introduced in Senate During Infrastructure Week 2017, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both senior members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), introduced bipartisan legislation to bring affordable relief to America’s crumbling water infrastructure systems. The bill, S. […]

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U.S. House Hearing Focuses on Integrated Planning

from “This Week In Washington” (Water Environment Federation) House Hearing Focuses on Integrated Planning On Thursday, May 19, the Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing examining the EPA’s implementation of the integrated planning policy, and looked at ways to help EPA, states, and municipalities in developing […]

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Mass Rivers Alliance Petitions for Conditions on Water Registration Volumes

Mass Rivers Alliance Proposes has recently petitioned MassDEP to impose water conservation conditions on Water Registration Volume renewals. Registrations will expire and renewals are due December 31, 2017. The requested conditions are as follows: a) Preparation of a written water conservation plan that incorporates and achieves the Commission’s Standards, including but not limited to, 65 […]

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Senate Bill 456, An Act to Assure Safe Drinking Water at Schools and Early Childhood Education Programs

Currently in Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Senate Bill 456 proposes a mandate for water suppliers to fully replace lead service lines at every school district, charter school, nonpublic school, and early childhood program that they serve within 3 years of becoming law. This would be first-time mandate for water suppliers to […]

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