The proposed rule developed jointly by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Army Corps of Engineers on the Clean Water Act (CWA) could bring millions of acres of wetlands under the authority of the CWA. Meanwhile, the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) has held three new webinars covering biodiversity offsetting in Australia and New Zealand.
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21 October 2013 | Greetings! Last month, the US EPA moved on a joint rulemaking with the Army Corps to clarify once and for all which waterbodies are covered under the Clean Water Act – a question that had been contested for years, with debate hinging on whether waters connecting to “navigable waters” fell under the agencies’ authority.
The proposed rule
The report suggests a broad interpretation of authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). “Streams, regardless of their size or how frequently they flow, are connected to and have important effects on downstream waters,” writes acting assistant administrator Nancy Stoner
The rulemaking will presumably replace already-controversial 2011 EPA-Corps guidance on CWA jurisdiction. If accepted, it could bring millions of acres of wetlands under CWA protection and
While you’re waiting, the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) has posted recordings of recent webinars on Australia’s EPBC Environmental Offset Policy and Offsets Assessment Guide, lessons learned on biodiversity offsetting in New Zealand, and New South Wales’ offset metrics.
VN.org brings together private sector speakers including Keyvan Macedo of Natura (Brazil), Carlos Berner of the Santiago Climate Exchange (Chile), Valentina Lira of Concha y Toro Winery (Chile) and Sylvia Chaves of Florex (Costa Rica), to discuss how forest carbon offsets fit into their strategies and what their experience has been engaging in such deals.
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