On July 21, 2011, the U.S. EPA issued the final version of its regulatory guidance to Appalachian regional offices on the agency’s role and expectation in regulation of surface coal mining (including mountaintop mining and associated valley fills) under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The July 21 document replaces an “interim final guidance” issued on April 1, 2010. A key feature of the guidance is the EPA’s call for states to implement a water-quality standard reflecting “best available science” about the relationship between measures of conductivity (as an indicator of the amount of total dissolved solids or salinity) and stream aquatic life. The EPA’s Web site on regulation of surface coal mining is at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/mining.cfm; this site includes links to the July 21 guidance, a news release on the guidance, and many background documents.
- Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – October 24, 2014 Edition
- Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 2014
- River Basin Coordination Case Studies Examined in September 2014 Issue of Water Resources Impact, from the American Water Resources Association
- Water in Virginia State Government News Releases for Oct.15—Oct. 23, 2014: Agricultural Export Deal with China, DGIF HQ Move, Shellfish Training Dates in December 2014
- Climate-change Adaptation Plans by States Available in Online Tool Released in October 2014 by the Georgetown Climate Center