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Learn Over Lunch with PSATS' Upcoming Webinars

Friday August 29th, 2014

PSATS' 'Learning at Lunch' webinars, held from noon to 1:30 p.m., are a great way to access essential, interactive training opportunities without ever leaving your desk!

All webinars are $30 for PSATS members and $40 for nonmembers. [To qualify as a member, you must have paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or its affiliates (solicitors, engineers, planners, and emergency management associations) or be an associate member.]

Get a glimpse of the available webinars below, and then click on each link for more information. Please note that all webinars are eligible for 1 course credit for enrollees of the PSATS Municipal Government Academy.



Action Alert: Townships Urged to Oppose Clean Water Act Change

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

PSATS is asking township officials to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their proposed change to the Clean Water Act that would dramatically impact land, water, and local budgets.

If adopted, this rule would tighten federal control over the nation’s waters and land, including private property, by redefining what constitutes “waters of the U.S.” This phrase currently covers “navigable waters” that flow between states, typically rivers, but under the new rulemaking, it would include streams, wetlands, ponds, and even temporary bodies of water created by heavy rains and flooding, such as ditches.

While the agencies’ intentions may be admirable, their approach is being roundly criticized as a “terrifying power grab.” Why? Because the rule change would give the federal government greater authority over public and private waters and land. Local officials worry, for instance, that the regulation would delay projects and create new bureaucratic hurdles.

PSATS opposes the rule change and is encouraging townships to support its efforts. Here’s what you can do:

  • Study up on the rule change. Read more on the proposed rule from the National Association of Towns and Townships. Townships can also go to any search engine and do a keyword search — use such phrases as “Waters of the U.S.” and “Clean Water Act expansion” — to find related information and news articles.
     
  • Participate in the EPA’s public comment period, which ends October 20. Comments may be emailed to ow-docket@epa.gov or mailed to Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-2011-0880. (Note:Suggested talking points for PSATS member townships are available under "Member Resources" and then "Environmental Info." You will need to enter your member ID and password to view the information.)
     
  • Register your opposition with Pennsylvania’s senators, Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, and your congressman. (You can access their contact information by entering your zip code here.)