Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 2:10pm
In a letter to Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Senators highlight the role ecosystem benefits should play in the revised Principles and Guidelines her agency is developing.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 2:08pm
On May 20, the Senate Water and Power subcommittee, chaired by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a hearing on S. 519, the Hoover power Allocation Act of 2011. Testifying on the legislation was Mr. Derrick Moe, Regional Manager of the Desert Southwest Region, Western Area Power Administration, U.S. Department of Energy.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 2:07pm
The House Energy and Commerce Committee was scheduled to markup HR 908, an extension of the Department of Homeland Security’s CFATS program, on May 11.
However, the markup was postponed when debate on a health care measure ran longer than predicted. As currently drafted water security provisions are not included in HR 908; however, amendments on water security are likely to be debated when the bill is considered by the Committee. A markup could occur as early as the week of May 23.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 1:59pm
On May 20, Commissioner Michael Connor held a stakeholders meeting in Washington, DC to update participants on budget and policy items.
First up on the agenda was the introduction of Lori Caramanian as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science within Interior. Next Connor outlined the Bureau’s Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Plan based on the recently passed continuing resolution, an update on the SECURE Water Act Climate Change report, and highlighted the America’s Great Outdoors Activities initiative.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 1:57pm
The Department of Interior announced the new appointment of Lori Caramanian as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
Ms. Caramanian is one of two deputies to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, which oversees USGS and the Bureau of Reclamation. Prior to her appointment, she served as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary focusing on hydropower projects, Colorado River Issues and Gulf of Mexico hypoxia concerns.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 1:50pm
Colonel William Leady, Commander of the South Pacific Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Donald Glaser, Mid-Pacific Regional Director, and Lorri Gray-Lee, Lower Colorado Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation addressed ACWA members at the Federal Issues Forum on Thursday, May 12 at the ACWA Spring Conference.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 1:49pm
The ACWA Federal Affairs Committee met last week at the ACWA Spring Conference. During the meeting the committee took positions on several new bills for the 112th Congress. The committee was also updated on the Obama Administration’s regulatory efforts, including a draft Clean Water Act Guidance document that expands EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction. The committee formed a work group to draft comments which are due on July 1.