Waters of the United States
WOe To US!
(Also called WOUS)
It's not just the State DEQ looking at rivers and streams that are for fishing, drinking and recreation anymore. It goes well beyond any city Sensitive Lands program. The WOTUS rule expands the definition of what water is controlled by the EPA under the Clean Waters Act. The rule that is proposed would put environmental controls on every swamp, ditch, pond, stream, seasonal creek, lake, river, reservoir, etc. But it doesn't stop there. The bill would control all water that flows to any stream, river, lake, etc., With WOUS, potentially everyone could be living on sensitive lands that need regulation.
What's going on at Lake Oswego City Hall?
Birdshill CPO Chair, Skip Ormsby, alerted the City Council to potential (likely) consequences to the city and residents if the proposed Waters of the US rule is enacted. Mayor Kent Studabaker asked City Attorney, David Powell, to look into the issue and report back about how WOUS would impact Lake Oswego. To date, there has been no response from the City Attorney's office despite requests from citizens and council member.
The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners reviewed the legislation and wrote a letter to the EPA outlining the harm to the county, it's residents and local jurisdictions within its boundaries. The CCBC letter will be posted in the next post as it is not online yet. The deadline for commenting has been extended for the 3rd time to November 14.
It is hoped that the LO City Council will draft its own letter opposing the rule, but the time to do so is running out. All citizens can and should take a moment to comment on the WOUS rule before the deadline (link below).
Below is an email from Birdshill CPO to the city council and others:
Good Afternoon All:I am forwarding a Clackamas County letter to the
amendments to Clean Water Act labeled
the City of Lake Oswego
and Metro Regional Government to WOUS
soonest / ASAP / STAT.
The comment period for WOUS was recently
extended for a third time
within website: mtbhcn17oct