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What Is The Clean Water Act And Its Role In Environmental Planning?

Feb 3, 2023 | Environmental Planning | 0 comments

A clear understanding of the Clean Water Act is essential when it comes to the permitting process for environmental planning as well as reducing the environmental burden of your project. 

So what exactly is the Clean Water Act, and how can Civil Solutions Group’s thorough understanding of it benefit you in your next development project? Let’s take a look. 

Overview Of The Clean Water Act 

The basis of the Clean Water Act (CWA) was enacted in 1948 as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. In 1972, the act was reorganized and expanded significantly with amendments added and became known as The Clean Water Act. 

Its main function is to establish the basic structure used for regulating discharges of pollutants into waters in the United States. It also regulates quality standards for surface waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented many pollution control programs and has also developed national water quality criteria recommendations. 

The CWA makes it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters without a permit—meaning waters that are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce.

When it comes to environmental planning, understanding the many intricacies of the CWA is crucial. At Civil Solutions Group, we are equipped to help save you both time and money in the permitting process by applying our extensive knowledge of the CWA to your upcoming project. 

Environmental Planning In Utah 

We can work with your team to minimize impacts to aquatic resources and help promote accelerated permit review times through environmental planning.

Civil Solutions Group services Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming including Cedar City, Draper, Logan, Moab, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City, St. George, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Jackson.

Contact our team to get started with all of your environmental planning needs.

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