Water rules at the state and federal levels have been front and center for Housing First Minnesota’s regulatory program recently.
Last week, Housing First Minnesota submitted comments to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. In its letter, Housing First Minnesota applauded the move to better define which water bodies fall under this rule and to recodify the previous WOTUS rule.
BATC-Housing First Minnesota members can obtain a copy of the letter by sending an email to nick@housingFirstMN.org.
Here in Minnesota, an interagency workgroup has been examining how various state agencies should approach water refuse rulemaking. While not a binding rule, this draft report will outline a process and standards off which future water reuse rules will be based.
The final report, to be issued in November, will provide guidance on housing-related water reuse including stormwater reused for irrigation and water reuse within a home.
Nick Erickson, regulatory affairs manager, attended the meeting on behalf of BATC-Housing First Minnesota and is in the process of preparing official comments, which are due later this month.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson