Water Quality Committee Meeting Summary: November 2021

November 16, 2021

Federal Issues 

Chris Riechard updated the Committee about WOTUS and 401 certification. EPA drafting a replacement rule as well as encouraging groups to form Roundtables to collect ideas for the second stage rule. Chris described some of the details EPA has clarified regarding the roundtables.

401 Certification: California appeals court vacated the 2020 water certification rule and applied the ruling nationwide. Status of nationwide permits uncertain.

Short discussion of NMA Bond Release call.

Colorado Issues—Special Presentation 

Presentation of Selenium Implementation Guidance

Thanks to Sarah Skigen-Caird and Jennifer Lynch of GEI Consultants for presentation.

Discussion from a national and Colorado perspective.

Follow-up on Aluminum workgroup—looking at voluntary monitoring- bio available method. Should Colorado use in the future? Small CMA workgroup will discuss prior to the next CMA meeting.

Chemical Evaluation—Issues and Concerns regarding CDPHE policy. Add to December agenda following Division meeting.