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  • Federal Laws
    • Summary of U.S. Environmental Laws - These laws, and others enacted by states, have various requirements and are enforced by various agencies. This web site presents a brief description of the intent of each law.
    • Clean Air Act (CAA) - This web site offers the full text version of the CAA, a link to the 1990 amendments web site, and a plain English guide to the CAA.
    • Clean Water Act [BROKEN] - The Clean Water Act is a 1977 amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, which set the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants to waters of the United States.
    • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) - Under SDWA, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers that implement those standards. This site shows the status of EPA action items.
    • Transportation Equity Act (TEA) - Check out this site to view a fact sheet, the full text version of the regulation, issues of Watershed Events, and much more.
    • US Supreme Court Exit EPA Disclaimer  - The site contains information on the Supreme Court, cases, pubic information, and other helpful web sites.


  • Bylaws
    • Examples


  • Local Ordinances
    • Local Ordinances: A User's Guide - Preparing local ordinances and regulating new development constitute the theme of this comprehensive guide for local planners. Each chapter gives the scientific, environmental, and regulatory backgrounds and basic problem associated with each issue and concludes with ideas for creating a community ordinance that can help developers and citizens conserve, not destroy, water quality, wildlife, and habitat. Order online from Terrene Institute.Exit EPA Disclaimer
    • Model ordinances
  • Tax Exempt Status
    • C(3) or C(4): Choosing Your Tax Exempt Status - Different categories of tax exemption permit groups to carry out various activities. This booklet serves as an introduction to the two most common tax exemptions for river groups, 501C(3) and 501C(4). Order online at the River Network.Exit EPA Disclaimer

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