1. AB 600 / SB 459 – Regulation of Navigable Waters, Wetlands, and Artificial Streams – This bill provides that:
APWA WI members are encouraged to visit http://cqrcengage.com/apwa/home to fill in their zip code and find their state representative and state senator to provide the following feedback:
a. Support passage of the "Artificial" waterways criteria in AB 600 / SB 459 to help Wisconsin's municipalities meet stormwater performance standards,
b. Encourage your state representative and state senator to add language to AB 600 / SB 459 to make projects in "artificial" waterways eligible for DNR construction grants, and
c. Provide feedback to APWA WI Water Resources Chair Bill Frisbee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and APWA WI President Ryan Amtmann (email@example.com) to write a letter supporting items 1.a. and/or 1.b. above.
2. AB 735 / SB 567 - Phosphorus Variance Rule – Senator Robert Cowles and Representative Amy Loudenbeck have drafted bills in consultation with DNR staff in order to obtain EPA approval of the statewide phosphorus variance. A public hearing is anticipated for Tues., Jan. 19, 2016. APWA WI Water Resource Committee members believe that this will primarily affect public and private wastewater treatment facilities. APWA WI members are encouraged to provide feedback to APWA WI Water Resources Chair Bill Frisbee (firstname.lastname@example.org) as to whether APWA WI should track this upcoming legislation.
3. EPA releases MS4 Remand Rule for small communities The EPA is proposing a change to its regulations governing the way in which small MS4s obtain coverage under NPDES general permits, called the MS4 Remand Rule. The EPA is acting because of multiple lawsuits by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Center against the agency's original small MS4 rule from 1999 that the environmental groups have won twice in 2003