ARTBA’s Nick Goldstein addresses ERBA Conference. (ERBA photo.)

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA’s Vice President of Regulatory & Legal Issues Nick Goldstein March 7 outlined a series of Clean Water Act (CWA) issues impacting the transportation construction industry at the Ecological Restoration Business Association’s (ERBA) 2019 Policy Conference. ERBA represents private sector interests involved in wetlands mitigation banking.

During his presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Goldstein discussed the Trump administration’s recently released revisions to “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulations. The proposal would replace the 2015 Obama administration regulation, which extended federal jurisdiction over roadside ditches. The new rule, if finalized, would exclude most roadside ditches from such oversight, Goldstein said.

The government is taking public comment on the proposal through April 15.

Goldstein also discussed the increased costs and regulatory burdens associated with the ongoing development of a stream and wetland valuation metric in the Ohio region. And he reviewed permitting reforms achieved in the past three surface transportation reauthorization bills.

For questions about these or other regulatory issues, please contact Nick at ngoldstein@artba.org.