Law Seminar Focuses on Top Clean Water Act Legal & Enforcement Developments
Clean water professionals from around the country gathered in San Diego last week for NACWA’s 2018 National Clean Water Law & Enforcement Seminar. Expert clean water attorneys, utility leaders, and federal/state regulators discussed critical Clean Water Act (CWA) legal and enforcement developments, covering timely issues such as holistic clean water and drinking water regulation opportunities/challenges, climate change adaptation/mitigation, challenges associated with water quality criteria and CWA flexibility tools (e.g., variances), and common legal issues involving private landowners.
The Director of the Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Robert V. Percival, delivered the keynote address on water law in the Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement.
The recent US Department of Justice memo that may lead to more flexible and reasonable municipal wet weather enforcement was addressed by the regulators and the top enforcement developments panel (regulated entities) with differing interpretations on its potential reach.