This month, the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, PGA of America, American Society of Golf Course Architects, Golf Course Builders Association of America, National Club Association and National Golf Course Owners Association joined the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC), a coalition of more than 35 associations focused on educating federal and state policymakers about the broad array of issues associated with expanding federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.
In April 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to revise the definition of a "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) for all CWA programs. The definitional changes contained in the rule would significantly expand federal control of land and water resources in the US, triggering substantial additional permitting and regulatory requirements. The WAC is focused on overturning the WOTUS rule as currently proposed.
As part of ongoing outreach activities, WAC is preparing to draft comments on behalf of its membership on the proposed rulemaking that will be supplemented by legal and economic analyses. The golf industry will also submit its own public comment to the federal docket on the proposed WOTUS rule. WAC will continue to hold Congressional briefings communicating the legal and practical issues with the proposed rulemaking to staff and Members. CMAA and its allied partners will continue to talk with Members of Congress about the impact of the rule on golf course development, construction and management.
Other WAC members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest & Paper Association, American Gas Association, Associated General Contractors of America, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Home Builders and National Mining Association among others.