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Waters of the U.S. Regional Roundtable Meeting
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When: Thursday, August 7
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Building
700 North Alameda Blvd
Los Angeles, California  90012
Contact: Yvonne Lee
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The  U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy will  hold a  regional Environmental Roundtable  to discuss the following topic, from 1-3 p.m. PST. The  meeting will be  held  in Los Angeles, California at the  Metropolitan Water District of Southern California  Building,  700 North Alameda  Blvd,  Los Angeles, CA  90012.

All  interested persons planning to attend in  person or participate via conference call must RSVP  to Yvonne  Lee  at  or  415-744-8493 before August 5,  2014.

Draft Agenda

1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Yvonne Lee, Regional Advocate, SBA Office  of Advocacy
Kia Dennis, Assistant  Chief Counsel,  SBA Office of Advocacy
1:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Presentation of the  Water of the United States Rule by EPA
John Kemmerer,  Associate Director,  Water Division,  EPA Region IX
Jason Brush,  Manager ,   Office of  Wetlands Services,  EPA Region IX
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Discussion and Questions
Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press.  Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

Small Business Environmental Roundtable - Issue for Discussion

On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proposed a rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Decisions regarding whether or not a waterbody is subject to the CWA will affect small entities who need to determine whether or not their activities require authorization and/or permits under CWA.

Under the proposed rule, for purposes of all sections of the Clean Water Act and the regulations thereunder the term “waters of the United States” would mean:

(1) All waters which are currently used, were used in the past, or may be susceptible to use in interstate or foreign commerce, including all waters which are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide;

(2) All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;

(3) The territorial seas;

(4) All impoundments of waters identified in paragraphs (1) through (3) and (5) of this section;

(5) All tributaries of waters identified in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this section;

(6) All waters, including wetlands, adjacent to a water identified in paragraphs (1) through (5) of this section; and

(7) On a case-specific basis, other waters, including wetlands, provided that those waters alone, or in combination with other similarly situated waters, including wetlands, located in the same region, have a significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this section.

Waters that do not meet this definition are not subject to the CWA. There are several programs under the CWA that would be affected by this proposed rule including but not limited to Section 311- oil spill prevention programs; Section 402 - requires permits for pollutant discharges; and Section 404 - permits for the placement of dredged or fill material in waters of the United States.

The comment period closes on October 20, 2014.

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