Comments in Response to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) Proposed Rule Titled “Use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Projects for Domestic, Municipal and Industrial Water Supply”
API and the National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”) submitted joint comments on the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) proposed rule titled “Use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Projects for Domestic, Municipal and Industrial Water Supply” (“proposed rule”). We support cooperation among the States and the Corps to facilitate water supply uses of Corps’ reservoirs consistent with the authorized purposes of those reservoirs. However, a number of states and water management authorities have noted that the proposed rule was developed without following key stakeholder processes - including sufficient state coordination to avoid interference with state primacy in determining allocation or management of state water. We therefore request that the Corps withdraw this proposed rule, conduct the appropriate stakeholder engagement and resubmit a new proposed rule for public comment prior to finalization.
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