WGA defines areas for Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate with states on water issues

The Western Governors’ Association have defined areas in which communication and collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and state governments can be reinforced and strengthened.

The recommendations were submitted on October 17, 2017 in response to the Corps’ request for comment in accordance with Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda, which requires agencies to seek input from entities significantly affected by federal regulations, including states.

WGA identified two rules currently being developed by the Corps that demonstrate the need to clearly recognize and respect the balance of power between states and federal agencies: defining “Waters of the United States” and the “Surplus Water” Rule.

“By operating as authentic collaborators on the development and execution of agency rules and policy,” the comments assert, “states and federal agencies can demonstrably improve their service to the public.” Read, download the comments.

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