E&W Blog

February 12, 2017

U.S. Water Alliance Announces Roundtable Forum on National Water Infrastructure Priorities – March 9, 2017

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation and the US Water Alliance are hosting a roundtable discussion Thursday March 9, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm with water sector associations to share initial policy recommendations from the One Water for America National Listening Sessions project.  This meeting will take place at […]
February 10, 2017

Failing Water Infrastructure Driving Innovation in Water Financing?

The Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program recently released their study findings that evaluated “the current context for local water infrastructure investment in the United States, with a particular focus on large drinking water utilities”. Not surprisingly, many if not most U.S. cities are saddled with significant debt and not able to increase their funding of failing water pipe replacement and new […]
February 8, 2017

What Does a Trump EPA Bode for Environmental Enforcement?

Doug Parker, President of Earth & Water Strategies, and former head of EPA’s criminal investigation division, has a piece in this week’s BNA Daily Environment Report that offers perspective on the future of federal civil and criminal environmental enforcement in a Trump Administration.  A pdf version of the article can be found here BNA Parker Enforcement […]
January 30, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O. on Reducing Regulations and Regulatory Costs

President Trump rolls out his Executive Order on agency regulations.  The E.O. can be found here.   As expected, the E.O. calls for the identification of two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation proposed.   The Director of OMB will be developing guidance for agencies to follow this new directive.       […]
January 21, 2017

Trump Issues Regulatory Freeze Memo

On day one, President Trump carried through on his election promise to roll-back federal regulations, issuing a memo to all agencies to freeze all proposed regulations for review by his incoming cabinet.  Here’s his Regulatory Freeze Memo signed by Reince Priebus, and here is a list of 30 regulations that are subject to the freeze.
January 18, 2017

Significant Development – Federal Court Affirms EPA Water Transfer Rule

With the backdrop of today’s confirmation hearing of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for the  U.S. EPA, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision today affirming EPA’s long-standing water transfer rule that exempts water transfer from the Clean Water Act permitting program.  The case originates from a citizen suit action against the City of […]
January 17, 2017

TNC Releases New Report on Values of Source Water Protection

Linking to a new report by The Nature Conservancy that reinforces the economic, environmental, and community benefits of source water protection, Beyond the Source. According to TNC This report was developed in partnership with the Natural Capital Project, Forest Trends, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Water Funds Partnership, and wouldn’t have been […]
January 10, 2017

EPA Launches New Program to Fund Water Infrastructure

EPA today announces that WIFIA is open for business. Below is an email from Andrew Sawyers of EPA with relevant links.  Importantly, WIFIA provides up to $1B in credit assistance. Dear Colleagues,  Today, I am very excited to share that EPA announced the availability of approximately $1.0 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects […]
January 10, 2017

Earth & Water Mentioned in The Washington Lawyer

Sarah Kellogg of The Washington Lawyer pens a piece on the benefits – both to a client and lawyer’s quality of life – of virtual law firms, and Earth & Water Group is mentioned. [T]he adoption of virtual practices, albeit slow, has ensured that both firms and lawyers can address billing rate pressures, reduce costs […]
January 4, 2017

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Members of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board

The U.S. EPA is soliciting new members to its Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB), which is a long-standing federal advisory committee that is charged with providing critical analysis and input to EPA’s administrator.   EFAB’s efforts will be will be particularly critical to the incoming Administration as it seeks to change business as usual. Nominations […]