Forest Service withdraws proposed groundwater directive

Forest Service withdraws proposed groundwater directive

After several recent high-profile interactions with Congress, where members questioned the intent of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) proposed directive on groundwater, USFS formally withdrew the directive on June 19. The directive was criticized by some in Congress who perceived it as federal government overreach into state issues.

Chris Carlson, USFS Groundwater Program Leader, stated: “By withdrawing the proposed directive, the agency is hoping to be able to continue important conversations with states, tribes and others with a clean slate. The withdrawal does mean the agency will continue to make decisions about its activities and those of others on the national forests and grasslands that could affect groundwater resources without the structure contained in the proposed directive for some time to come.” USFS is permitted to re-propose a directive in the future, although it is unclear if or when that will occur.
 
Source: National Ground Water Association – www.ngwa.org