Reminder - Clean Water Act Webinar Tomorrow With Corps/EPA Experts

Be sure to register for tomorrow's webinar entitled: "The Clean Water Act and Waters of the U.S." In light of the Obama Administration's recent announcement that a rule may be forthcoming in 2013 which may settle the high-profile dispute with the limits of federal jurisdictional authority over "waters of the U.S.", you will want to participate in this informative event. The webinar will be tomorrow, February 21 at 2PM/Eastern and registration information can be found here.

The webinar will help state policymakers understand the complex regulatory history over determining the jurisdiction of the federal government under the Clean Water Act. Two high-profile Supreme Court decisions have yet to clear up where those boundaries lie, and the ramifications of a potential final rulemaking will have long-lasting implications for environmental protection, economic development, natural resource development, agriculture and numerous other stakeholders within states. Our panel of federal experts will share their expertise regarding the existing regulatory guidance and the history behind the policy in place now, in addition to some potential insights on what state policymakers should be considering in the near future in the clean water arena.

Panelists:

  • Stacey Jensen, Headquarters Office - US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Donna Downing, Office of Water - US EPA

Below are the speaker bios.

Stacey M. Jensen is a Regulatory Program Manager at Headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Her areas of responsibility include the Lakes and Rivers Division (Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Huntington, Louisville, Nashville, and Pittsburgh Districts) and the Pacific Ocean Division (Hawaii and Alaska Districts).   Her topics of responsibility include jurisdiction, agricultural issues, compliance and enforcement, climate change, PROSPECT lead for Regulatory training courses, and the Army Campaign Plan.  Stacey grew up along the coastal waters of southern California and attended UCLA for her undergraduate and graduate degrees.   She holds a B.S. in Ecology, a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Science, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering.  She began working for the Regulatory Branch of the Los Angeles District in 2004 and moved to the New York District office in 2007, where she worked first as a Project Manager and then as a Section Chief with an area of responsibility including New York City and coastal New Jersey. When Stacey is not working at the Corps, she also travels the country as a professional cyclist.  She is also a USA Cycling certified coach and coaches racing teams and individual cycling athletes. 

Donna Downing is Jurisdiction Team Leader and an attorney in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water.  She works on a variety of issues, with a recent focus on the geographic scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in SWANCC and Rapanos. Much of Donna’s time is spent chairing the Federal interagency staff workgroup for implementing those decisions. She also serves as EPA’s staff lead for CWA section 401 water quality certification, and works on many wetlands-related issues.   Donna has been with EPA since 1998.  She previously worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and in private law practice.  She has a BA from Harvard University magna cum laude, a MPP from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University, and a LLM in Environmental Law summa cum laude from George Washington University.  Donna has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School since 1996, and regularly teaches EPA’s Water Quality Standards Academy.  In what’s left of her time, she moonlights as a professional potter.