By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel

ARTBA is urging the U.S. Senate to pass S. 1140, the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act”, to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from expanding wetlands jurisdiction to include roadside ditches and other bodies of water.  ARTBA wrote May 18 to all Senators and noted, “roadside ditches are not, and should not be regulated as, traditional jurisdictional wetlands since they are an essential part of any transportation improvement project and contribute to the public health and safety of the nation by dispersing water from roadways.”

The bill, introduced April 30 by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), was the subject of a May 19 legislative hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. No date has been set for a vote.  Similar legislation was passed by the House of Representatives May 12 by a vote of 261-155.

Read ARTBA’s May 18 letter in support of the measure.