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09/21 Clean Water Current   Legal Challenges Mount to Massachusetts Small Stormwater Permit
09/12 Clean Water Current   Court Requests EPA and State Amicus Briefs in Permit Shield Litigation
09/06 Clean Water Current   State/ Regional Call Addresses Key Legal Topics
06/20 Clean Water Current   Record Turnout for Legal Webinar Addressing Permit Shield Litigation
06/13 Clean Water Current   NACWA Comments on Akron Consent Decree Amendment
06/13 Clean Water Current   State Clean Water Administrators Briefed on Permit Shield Litigation
06/06 Clean Water Current   June 15 Webinar to Address Permit Shield Litigation
06/06 Clean Water Current   Department of Justice Files Brief in Support of Groundwater Conduit Theory
06/06 Clean Water Current   U.S. Supreme Court: Army Corps Jurisdictional Determinations Are Subject to Review

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Legal Perspectives

A quarterly publication, authored by our members, covers substantive areas of clean water law, highlight state water legislation or regulation or provide analysis of recent case law affecting the clean water sector.


Consent Decree Handbook – Updated and Interactive 

NACWA has released the Wet Weather Consent Decrees: Negotiation Strategies to Maximize Flexibility & Environmental Benefit - A Handbook for Clean Water Utilities. Whether already under a consent decree, currently negotiating one, or anticipating one in the future, this Handbook will be the premier resource for municipal and utility attorneys, managers, and staff to use when dealing with federal or state enforcement actions. Complimentary for Members; $200 for Non-Members (2016, 169 pages).


Consent Decree e-Library

NACWA’s revised Consent Decree e-Library provides the most comprehensive collection of full municipal wet weather consent decree and enforcement orders. The completely redesigned site now provides users with more ways to search for decrees, including by EPA region, state, or search term and allows users to access the documents in their entirety for review and analysis. 


Legal Updates


Litigation Tracking

Legal advocacy is a central component of NACWA’s mission to advance national advocacy goals and safeguard the interests and rights of NACWA Member Agencies.  The Litigation Tracking section provides summaries and analysis of current litigation with links to key rulings and pleadings for each case.  For a condensed overview of all active NACWA litigation, see the Litigation Tracking Spreadsheet  alt.  Refer to the Clean Water Acronym/Abbreviation List icon-pdf for abbreviations that appear in the spreadsheet.


Hot Topics in Clean Water Law Web Seminars

Keeping current with the latest clean water issues, developments, trends and case law has never been so easy. NACWA is now offering quarterly Hot Topics in Clean Water Law web seminars featuring expert attorneys providing critical legal and regulatory analysis and insight on issues of paramount importance to the clean water sector. Whether new to the clean water arena or a seasoned professional, these webinars are for you!  Registration is complimentary for NACWA Members.  Registration for the next web seminar will open soon. Mark your calendar for this upcoming web seminar.


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