BOSTON — EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) held a workgroup meeting in Worcester, Massachusetts, to provide feedback for EPA’s proposed rule clarifying Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, according to a press release.

The public meeting created the opportunity for local officials and stakeholders to express concerns and ideas to LGAC’s Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup, which will then work with the full committee to develop formal recommendations to EPA, stated the release.

The release reported that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy charged the LGAC to give advice and recommendations on important issues affecting local elected and appointed officials; and previously, the LGAC has made formal recommendations on issues ranging from climate change resiliency and air quality to worker protection standards.

Released March 25, 2014, EPA’s rule clarifies protection for streams and wetlands and proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWA programs, continued the release.

Due to the scope of the proposed rule, the public comment period was extended by an additional 90 days to Oct. 20, noted the release.

You can find the release here.