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Framework for Protecting Public and Private Investment in Clean Water Act Enforcement Remedies

Flooding at Waitsfield, VTThe goal of this framework is to ensure that remedies in Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement actions are resilient in the face of climate impacts, such as sea level rise, flooding, and drought, which will increasingly affect water infrastructure and regulated entities’ ability to comply with CWA requirements. This framework builds on the efforts of states, local communities, and industry that are addressing this issue, and adopts common sense measures for protecting people, the environment, and economic investments from the impacts of a changing climate, with the goal of assuring long-term compliance with the CWA. This framework is also intended to provide national consistency and predictability, while maintaining flexibility for each unique enforcement situation.

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