WGA advocates for states’ authority regarding Clean Water Act


The Western Governors Association has urged Congressional leadership to “reject any legislative or regulatory efforts that may diminish, impair or subordinate states’ authority under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.”

In a July 16, 2018 letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, WGA Executive Director James D. Ogsbury said, “Reducing the states’ Section 401 authority and vital role maintaining water quality within their borders would inflict serious harm to the division of authority established by the U.S. Constitution and reinforced statutorily in the Clean Water Act.”

Western Governors encouraged the Subcommittee to ensure that the Clean Water Act continues to effectively protect water quality while maintaining the proper balance between state and federal authorities.

Read, download the letter.  

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