The recently released EPA website Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources for Drinking Water is a helpful regulations and compliance cache for states and water systems on implementation of the $50 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The site features drinking water guidance on:
- Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) Resources for States
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DSWRF) Fact Sheets
- Building Water System Capacity Resources
- Water Security Resources
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program
Noteworthy is the EPA’s emphasis on DAC with materials such as DWSRF Disadvantaged Community Definitions: A Reference for States, which the agency says “is intended to be a resource for State DWSRF programs that want to update their DAC definitions.” However, other water systems may find the reference a useful guide. The agency also addresses water affordability and environmental justice, offering an Environmental Justice Mapping and Screening Tool.
In other environmental updates, we highlight the following in our Compliance News:
Ask an Expert: Water stewardship and resilience
BC’s Water Stewardship Leader Dr. Carla De Las Casas shares insight into how public and private water systems are setting and approaching water commitments as part of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. Read “Ask an Expert”
Proposed changes: 401 CWA Water Quality Certification Rule
The EPA is proposing a rule to support a predictable, efficient, stable, and transparent water quality certification process under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401.
SCOTUS limits EPA CAA authority
A recent Supreme Court decision severely limits the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for existing power plants.