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Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Iris Goodman
202-564-2164
goodman.iris@epa.gov

Thomas Armitage
202-564-2155
armitage.thomas@epa.gov

Responsible Committee/Panel:Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report

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BACKGROUND.

The EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) is developing a draft report synthesizing the peer-reviewed scientific literature pertaining to biological, chemical, and hydrologic connectivity of waters and the effects that small streams, wetlands, and open waters have on larger downstream waters such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. ORD has asked the SAB to conduct a peer review of the agency's draft report.

Findings from this draft Report will help inform the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their continuing policy work and efforts to clarify what waters are covered by the Clean Water Act. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule entitled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act” on March 25, 2014.


Agency Charge . (PDF, 3 pp., 77,293 bytes)

Agency Review Document(s):

PDF for Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (September, 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/098B. (PDF, 331 pp., 11,313,514 bytes)


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