Clean Water Act: Policy Issue

Overview

The Clean Water Act (CWA) protects the nation's waterways by placing limits on how many pollutants properties can discharge. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granted the authority through the CWA to set pollution discharge limits and enforce regulations. 

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NAA Position

Expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act would result in undue federal regulatory requirements for apartment owners. These additional hurdles fail to reflect the uniqueness of higher density apartment development and would create delays, add costs, and ultimately limit construction and revitalization activity. 

As an Owner or Operator, How Does this Affect My Business?

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires apartment owner-operators to obtain federal permits and follow strict rules that help minimize pollutants, such as construction debris, that could runoff into the nation's waterways. Proposed expansions to the CWA would add additional onerous regulations that would restrict apartment construction and development. 

Contact Information

To learn more about this issue, please contact Ben Harrold, Manager of Public Policy at NAA.