Water Infrastructure's New Regime Still Shaping Up

Bloomberg BNA Environment Reporter

11/20/2015

Energy + Infrastructure

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Chris Carr, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy Group, was quoted regarding the implementation of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in the article, “Water Infrastructure's New Regime Still Shaping Up,” published by Bloomberg BNA Environment Reporter on November 20, 2015.

The speed of permitting for projects differs enormously from one Corps of Engineers regional office to another, said Mr. Carr.

If a corps district office is an effective one that doesn't sit on projects because it doesn't like the projects, the working relationship between the corps and stakeholders can be good, Mr. Carr said.

But then comes the problem of the federal and state cooperating agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that must work with the corps. “The regulatory agencies have to have the staffing to be able to do it,” Mr. Carr said.

Even if financing is lined up, it is “an incomplete solution” unless it is accompanied by reasonably expeditious permitting, he said.

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