The DC City Council unanimously passed a consensus emergency bill in response to the COVID epidemic currently impacting the District and the nation.

In an extraordinarily rapid and thorough manner, the Council solicited and received input from the public, individual Council offices and committees, as well as the executive branch and the Chief Financial Officer. An initial draft bill was assembled Thursday, and was passed just five days later. As emergency legislation, the bill will immediately become law as soon as it is signed by the Mayor. It will remain in effect for 90 days, though a Temporary bill, which will require a second Council vote, will ensure it remains in effect for 270 days.

Moving forward, the Council will pass additional COVID response measures as needed to respond to the crisis. The measure passed at the most recent meeting was comprehensive, but is not intended as the final word on the topic.

The bill passed at the most recent meeting has, among its primary measures, the following:

  • extends unemployment compensation to those unemployed due to COVID
  • prohibits evictions of residential and commercial tenants as well as late fees
  • prohibits utility shut-offs for non-payment
  • extends public benefit programs such as the Healthcare Alliance, TANF, and SNAP
  • creates a small business grant program to assist nonprofit organizations and small contractors who do not qualify for unemployment insurance
  • places limits on price gouging and stockpiling
  • allows for delivery and carry-out sales by restaurants of beer/wine, if sold along with prepared food (pending written restaurant-by-restaurant approval by the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration)
  • delays retail sales tax payments to the government by stores, restaurants, and other businesses
  • extends deadlines/expirations of corporate tax filings, drivers licenses, professional licenses, etc.
  • allows the Council to meet virtually
  • provides meeting flexibility to ANCs, boards, and commissions
  • allows flexibility in FOIA and Open Meetings
  • delays the submission date for the Mayor’s budget to May 6

A full listing of all votes taken at the most recent meeting can be seen here.

The Council’s next scheduled Legislative Meeting will occur on April 7. It will most likely be held virtually, with Councilmembers and the public attending electronically.

NUCA has just released two public Toolbox Talks for utility construction crews on COVID-19 prevention at the jobsite:

Identifying & Protecting Against the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Coronavirus
Caja de Herramientas: Corona Virus (Spanish): Caja de Herramientas_Corona Virus

Please use these to educate and inform your work crews on the steps they can take to minimize transmission of this virus.

Stay safe!  Stay Healthy!

 

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

(Washington, DC) While the District of Columbia Government will begin to modify its operations starting Monday, March 16, in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the District government wants residents to know that it will continue to deliver essential services and keep the majority of its systems and services operating.

Operations and Infrastructure

District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
DDOT remains open, with most DDOT staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will maintain normal operations are:

  • DC Circulator will operate its regular schedule.
  • DC Streetcar will operate its regular schedule.
  • Capital Bikeshare will continue regular operations.
  • In-person public space permits are still available at 1100 4th Street, SW.
  • DDOT will continue reversible lane operations during rush hour.
  • Construction work will continue in the District’s public space.
  • Permit distribution will continue through DDOT’s Public Space Regulation Division.

Department of Public Works (DPW)
DPW remains open, with a limited number of DPW staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will maintain normal operations are:

  • Trash collection
  • Parking ticket issuance (except for street sweeping which will be suspended during this time period)
  • Towing and booting

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
DCRA remains open, with most DCRA staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will maintain normal operations are:

  • In-person licensing will continue at 1100 4th Street, SW; however, customers are encouraged to apply for and renew business licenses, form LLCs and register corporations online
  • In-person building permits will continue at 1100 4th Street SW; however customers are encouraged to conduct plan and permit reviews as well complete the full certificate of occupancy application process, online.
  • Inspections can also be scheduled by phone and online, including inspections related to housing code violations, illegal construction, and vacant buildings.
  • Consumer protection complaints will continue to be investigated, and DCRA encourages residents to report fraudulent and illegal behavior on its website.
  • Building Inspections will continue to be conducted; however, the agency will provide limited abatement services. Residents who encounter an imminent building safety issue, such as an unstable structure, should contact the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE)
DOEE remains operational, with most DOEE staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will have modified operations are:

  • Energy assistance centers located at 2100 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE and 1207 Taylor Street, NW will be closed to the public; however, residents can still complete an online application by visiting doee.dc.gov/liheap.
  • Residents seeking energy assistance can apply online at doee.dc.gov/energyassistance.

Residents should note that major utilities have indicated they will not disconnect services during this emergency period.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
DMV remains open, with most DMV staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will have modified operations are:

  • The following DC DMV locations will remain open and operate during normal business hours; however, customers are encouraged to use online options by visiting dmv.dc.gov:
    • Southwest Service Center – 95 M Street, SW
    • Self-Service On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Emissions Kiosk – 300 Van Buren Street, NW (open 24/7)
  • The following DC DMV locations will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31:
    • Benning Ridge Service Center – 4525 Benning Road, SE
    • Brentwood Road Test/CDL Office – 1205 Brentwood Road, NE
    • Inspection Station – 1001 Half Street, SW
    • Adjudication Services – 955 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
    • Georgetown Service Center – 3270 M Street, NW
    • Rhode Island Service Center – 2350 Washington Place, NE

DMV will extend the expiration date for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, inspections, ticket payments and ticket adjudication responses until April 17, 2020. All driver licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle inspections scheduled to expire between March 16 and March 31 will be granted a waiver without penalty until DC DMV reopens at full operating capacity. All tickets will remain in their current status between March 16 and March 31 and no additional penalties will be accessed during this period. In the interim, the public is encouraged to request adjudication and pay citations online. Additionally, all driver license suspensions and revocations will be paused until DC DMV returns to full operating capacity after March 31.

Department of For Hire Vehicles
DFHV remains operational, with most DFHV staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will maintain normal operations are:

  • Senior Med Express
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
  • VetsRide
  • TransportDC

Taxi-to-Rail will continue to operate and will remove the current geographic restrictions, meaning residents can be picked up from anywhere East of the River and taken to approved locations (Metro stations and grocery stores). Residents will continue to have access to four trips per month.

Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)
DISB remains operational, with most DISB staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Programs that will have modified operations are:

  • DISB will not have in-person customer access.
  • Individuals who would like to file a complaint related to insurance problems, questionable investment practices (e.g. Ponzi and pyramids schemes), consumer credit service organizations, money lenders (in person and online), mortgage lenders/brokers, and student loan services may do so via the DISB website (disb.dc.gov), or by contacting the department at disb.communications@dc.gov or (202) 727-8000.

Health and Human Services

Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL)
DACL remains operational, with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. DACL will continue to provide critical services to District seniors, such as meals.

  • DACL’s Information & Referral/Assistance line ((202)724-5626) will continue to operate Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • DACL’s Adult Protective Services (APS) hotline ((202) 541-3950) will continue to operate 24 hours a day, to accept reports of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.
  • Adult Day Health Centers will remain open. Please contact (202) 724-5626 for more information.

Senior Wellness Centers and community dining sites will be temporarily closed for activities effective Monday, March 16 – 31. However, meals will be available for pick-up at each site between 10 am and 2 pm for current participants.

Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS remains open and will continue to support residents in need of assistance across the District during the period of modified operation. Modifications to DHS’s Primary services are as follows:

Access to Emergency Shelter – All low-barrier shelters, family shelters, and shelters serving youth will remain open.

  • Starting Monday, March 16, low-barrier shelters will extend daytime hours through Wednesday, April 1.
  • Families seeking access to homeless services should call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time of the day or night. The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center will be closed to the public for in-person interviews until Wednesday, April 1.
  • Anyone in need of shelter can call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time of the day or night.

Drop-In Centers:

  • Effective immediately, the Downtown Day Services Center and the Adams Place Day Center will be closed until Wednesday, April 1, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Zoe’s Doors Youth Drop-In center located at 900 Rhode Island Ave NE will remain open as well as the Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center at 741 8th Street, SE.

Transportation: Transportation to emergency shelter is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District. To request transportation, contact the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or by calling 311.

Homeless Service Outreach: Outreach Workers are continuing to provide services to people experiencing homeless with a focus on welfare checks, connection to medical support, and providing life-saving supplies such as hand sanitizer, blankets, etc.

Eligibility for Public Benefits:

  • Customers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Alliance, and other public benefits provided by DHS, do not need to take any action at this time to continue receiving existing benefits that would otherwise expire on March 31 or April 30. Those benefits will be automatically extended.
  • For new applications for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Alliance or other public benefits, please go to dhs.dc.gov or visit our Service Centers to pick up a blank application.
  • Applicants can drop off completed applications for benefits at DHS Service Centers and may be contacted by phone as necessary to complete the eligibility process.
  • Residents with questions about their benefits should contact the Call Center at (202) 727-5355 from 7:30-4:45 pm.

Child Care:

  • Childcare applications and documents can be dropped at the Congress Heights (4049 South Capitol Street, SW) or the Taylor Street (1207 Taylor Street, NW) Service Center(s).
  • Staff will call customers for an interview.
  • Recertifications will be automatically processed and valid for 60-90 days.
  • If a customer with a voucher is requesting a reassignment, that can be processed through the customer’s selected childcare provider, an office visit is not necessary.

Administrative Hearings and Investigative Interviews: DHS will continue to hold administrative hearings and investigative interviews but will conduct these via telephone/video calls. Any court hearings will continue if court remains open.

Case Management: Case management services will continue to be provided across DHS programs by phone or video whenever possible.

EBT Cards: New cards will continue to be distributed through the existing locations at 1649 Good Hope Road, SE and 645 H Street, NE.

Department on Behavioral Health (DBH)
DBH remains open and will continue service to residents, including the following services and programs:

  • The 24-hour telephone access to a mental health clinician and 24-hour suicide prevention lifeline as 1(888) 793-4357 is available always and is ready is serve.
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) will continue to provide emergency psychiatric services.
  • 35 K Street NE Adult Clinic will be open for urgent care services including assessment, counseling and psychiatric evaluation between 8:30 am and 3 pm.
  • 35 K Street NE Pharmacy is open for uninsured residents from 8 am to 5 pm. Prescriptions received before 4 pm will be filled the same day.
  • Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service (ChAMPS will provide on-site immediate help to children facing a behavioral or mental health crisis whether in the home, school or community. Services are geared toward children and youth 6 – 21 years of age.
  • Urgent Care Clinic at the Moultrie Courthouse, will be open for easy access to behavioral health services to individuals referred by judges—primarily from misdemeanor and traffic court—who may show signs of behavioral illness, have been diagnosed as mentally ill, or show signs of both mental illness and substance abuse.
  • The Community Response Team will continue to respond to adults in psychiatric crisis in the home or community for counseling and transportation to emergency treatment if needed.

Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)
CFSA remains operational, with most staff teleworking and offices closed to the general public through March 31. CFSA will continue to provide essential services and duties to ensure the safety of children in the District, including the following services:

  • The child abuse and neglect hotline (202-671-SAFE) will be available to accept reports 24/7.
  • Check cfsa.dc.gov for updated information on child protection registry clearances.

Department of Disability Services (DDS)
DDS will remain open, with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. DDS is open to receive documentation necessary to process any pending applications.

Some DDS service operations will be modified as follows:

  • The agency will not be taking new applications for Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) services during the modified District schedule.
  • The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) services will continue to the more than 2,400 individuals we serve through our contracted provider agencies.
  • New intakes for DDA can be submitted for urgent need for services.

DC Health
DC Health is open and actively working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the District of Columbia.

  • Additionally, the Vital Records Division and the Health Licensing and Regulation Processing Center will be in operation from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. through March 31.

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX)
The DC Health Link is operational and will continue to provide quality services to DC residents and all of its customers. DC Health Link will operate virtually from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.

  • DC Health Link has a special enrollment period for any DC resident who is uninsured. Call (855) 532-5465 and we’ll help you #GetCovered.
  • All in-person activities including outreach events have been cancelled.

Schools, Parks, Libraries, and Internet Access

Public Schools and Meal Access
DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools have a modified schedule through March 31.

  • DCPS teachers will be in schools on Monday, March 16 to prepare distance learning plans for students.
  • Information will be shared to families this week about how to receive distance learning packets from their school.
  • School buildings will be open with limited staff on weekdays between March 16-24 for students and families to pick up essential items such as books and medication.
  • Meals will be available to any student in the District on weekdays from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at sites across the District.

Department of Parks and Recreation
DPR will continue to provide residents with outdoor recreation opportunities. All outdoor fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and basketball courts will remain open.

DPR indoor facilities are closed, and all programs, services, events and permits are cancelled through March 31.

DC Public Library
DCPL will continue to serve residents through its online digital library available at GoDigital.

DC Public Library locations will close on Monday, March 16 and reopen on Wednesday, April 1. All book drops will be locked so residents should keep borrowed items until libraries reopen.

Employment Services

Department of Employment Services (DOES)
DOES remains operational with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Programs that will continue under modified operations are:

  • Office of Unemployment Compensation remains operational, with staff on-hand to process unemployment claims, receive unemployment tax payments, and respond to inquiries via online or by phone.
  • Office of Workers’ Compensation remains operational, with staff on-hand to process workers’ compensation claims and respond to inquiries via online or by phone.
  • Customer Navigation Center remains open to respond to inquiries and provide information Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program will continue to work with participants that have not yet certified through email and text notifications with information on how to submit certification documents via the portal. Certification has been extended until April 15, 2020.

DOES notable Closures or Suspended Operations:

  • The American Job Centers and the DC Infrastructure Academy will be closed from March 16-31, 2020. We will resume services on April 1, 2020
  • All Classes and Trainings as well as testing and information sessions have been suspended from March 16-31, 2020. We will resume classes and trainings on April 1, 2020.
  • Administrative Hearings Division and Compensation Review Board have suspended all hearings from March 16-31, 2020. We will resume hearings on April 1, 2020.

Residents can visit the DOES website, does.dc.gov, or call the DOES Navigation Call Center at (202) 724-7000, for information on DOES services and to file unemployment insurance claims.

Public Safety and Justice

First Responders
The Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Office of Unified Communication will continue to deliver services as normal.

Department of Corrections (DOC)
DOC is continuing to accept persons who are being transferred to the custody of the department. However, in order to protect residents, staff, and their families, the DC Department of Corrections is suspending all in-person visits, programming, and volunteer activities at its facilities for the entirety of the public health emergency. The Department will provide video visitation for inmates while in-person visitation is suspended. Lawyers representing inmates are allowed.

Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)
The ONSE will continue to support residents during the period of modified District operations.

  • Pathways Program: All Pathway Ambassadors who are currently enrolled the program will continue to be supported by program staff through modified processes.
  • Violence Intervention Initiative: ONSE Violence Intervention Contractors will maintain remote contact with critical community members to assess and address urgent needs. Staff will make face-to-face visits in the event of client emergencies and will respond to incidents of conflict that are deemed critical.
  • Family & Survivor Support: The Family and Survivor Support division will continue to provide services to residents of the District of Columbia who have been impacted by violent crime through a modified process.
  • School-Based Initiative: While DCPS operates on a modified schedule, ONSE staff will be modifying their approach to remotely support Anacostia High School students enrolled in the ONSE Leadership Academy.

Office of Human Rights
OHR remains operational, with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31st. OHR will not accept in-person complaint filings or receive individuals for in-person intake interviews during this time period.

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, discrimination complaints may only be submitted to OHR via mail, email, fax, or online intake questionnaire.
  • Intake interviews currently scheduled with OHR between March 16 and March 31 will be conducted via telephone.
  • For more information, call (202) 727-4559 or email ohr.intake@dc.gov.

Office of the Attorney General
The Office of the Attorney General remains operational, with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. OAG will continue to provide valuable legal services to the District during the period of modified operations.

Child Support Services:

  • Intake and enforcement services for child support will continue by phone appointment.
  • Child Support can be reached by phone at (202) 442-9900 or email at cssdcustomerservice@dc.gov.
  • Child support payments will continue to be processed as usual.

Consumer and other complaints:

  • OAG continues to take complaints by phone, email, and online.
  • To report price gouging and other consumer complaints: call (202) 442-9828, email Consumer.Protection@dc.gov, or fill out our online form.
  • To report workers’ rights violations: call (202) 442-9854.

Housing

Department of Housing and Community Development
DHCD will remain open and continue to assist residents in need of support during the period of modified District operations.

  • Documents for the Rental Accommodations Division, Rent Administrator, and the Conversion and Sale Division can still be dropped off at 1800 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development and will be processed within three business days.

The Housing Resource Center will not be open for walk-in consultations during the District’s adjusted operating hours.

Office of the Tenant Advocate
The Office of the Tenant Advocate remains operational, with most staff teleworking through Tuesday, March 31. Tenants seeking legal, education or outreach services should contact the Office of Tenant Advocate either electronically, through the web-based “Ask the Chief Tenant Advocate” link or by calling (202) 719-6560.

Residents should continue to check coronavirus.dc.gov for the latest information and guidance.

Mayor Bowser Declares Public Health Emergency

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency, effective immediately. The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will activate the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) to provide additional coordination for the District’s COVID-19 response.

Earlier today, DC Health recommended that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled through March 31. As a result, the District is pulling permits for two events in March – the Rock and Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon and 5K and the Scope It Out 5K.

Additionally, DC Public Schools announced that they have moved their teacher Professional Development day from Friday, March 20 to Monday, March 16 to prepare for the possibility of distance learning.

 

DC Health Advisory

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

(Washington, DC) – DC Health recommends that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled. Mass gatherings are defined as events where 1,000 or more people congregate in a specific location. We also recommend that any social, cultural, or entertainment events where large crowds are anticipated be reconsidered by the organizer. This recommendation is in effect through March 31.

 

On January 29th, House Democrats released the framework of the long-anticipated infrastructure package, which reflects the first of what will be a broad range of proposals aimed at repairing and rebuilding American infrastructure.

At a morning press conference to introduce the “Moving Forward” framework, chairs of three House Committees discussed the five-year, $760 billion proposal that would address the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs. The framework put forth by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee Chair Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) would “bolster the Federal role in order to help communities around the country undertake transformative projects that are smarter, safer, and made to last,” according to a joint press release.
The framework outlines major investments in surface transportation, rail and transit systems, airports, ports and harbors, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, brownfields, and broadband.
Democratic leaders focused on the “greener” measures in the infrastructure frameworks in their press statements, highlighting provisions that would reduce emissions and combat climate change.
“There is no better way to strengthen our economy for the future than to modernize our badly aging infrastructure. This bold framework not only helps us rebuild our nation, it also combats climate change by reducing carbon emissions and moving us towards a clean energy future,” E&C Committee Chairman Pallone remarked. “It will also create good paying jobs, ensure that no community is left behind in the digital economy and help protect Americans’ drinking water. These are investments that we must make for the American people, and I look forward to moving this proposal forward.”
T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio also emphasized the strong climate change provisions in the package. “Our country has changed dramatically since the 1950s, yet people and goods are now literally stuck trying to move on transportation networks first developed nearly 70 years ago. It’s past time to for transformational investments to make our infrastructure smarter, safer, and resilient to climate change, or else we will keep throwing money at an antiquated system that is only holding us and our economy back,” Chair DeFazio said.
Republican reception to the package was cooler. The committee’s Republican ranking Member Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) remarked, “I may not agree with all of the principles in the majority’s outline, but as the Republican leader of this Committee, I expect to play a constructive role in the development of infrastructure bills before us this year, including expected surface transportation and water resources legislation. Any serious effort toward enacting infrastructure legislation must incorporate Republican principles as well. The time for partisan posturing from House Democrat Leadership is over. On this Committee, we know the recipe for success in addressing America’s infrastructure needs is through partnership, so let’s get to work.”
Of particular interest to NUCA, the framework includes the following provisions:

Clean Water — $50.5 Billion
• Addresses $270 Billion backlog in critical clean water needs by providing $40 billion to the State Revolving Fund
• Establishes minimum allocations for rural and small communities for water infrastructure investment authorities, and directs the newly-created EPA Municipal Ombudsman to provide technical, financial, and planning assistance to said communities.
• Funds water utility workforce development and apprenticeship programs.

Clean Energy— $34.3 Billion
• Invests in electric grid modernization to accommodate more renewable energy and to make the grid more secure, resilient and efficient.
• Encourages local communities to invest in energy efficient infrastructure including retrofitting and weatherizing buildings and funding energy efficiency and conservation projects to reduce carbon pollution and put people back to work.
• Strengthens existing energy supply infrastructure and expands renewable energy infrastructure in low-income and underserved communities to increase climate resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas pollution across the country.
• Supports the development of an electric vehicle charging network to facilitate the transition to zero emissions vehicles from coast to coast.

Broadband & Communications — $86 Billion
• Invests in expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country – connecting Americans, creating strong small businesses, more jobs and strengthening economies in communities that have been left behind.

While there are other provisions NUCA will likely support, and others we will likely oppose, these provisions are certain to be priorities in future advocacy related to infrastructure legislation.

Last week, the EPA released a new, clear definition for “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) with the announcement of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which aims to end uncertainty over the extent of federal jurisdiction relating to the Clean Water Act. Under the new rule, the agency and the Department of the Army will now draw a distinction between federally protected and state protected wetlands.
The revised definition identifies four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act: territorial seas and navigable waters (i.e. the Atlantic Ocean, the Mississippi River); perennial and intermittent tributaries, certain lakes, ponds and impoundments, and wetlands adjacent to jurisdictional waters. The intent is to protect the nation’s navigable waters as well as the core tributary systems that flow into said waters.
The new rule additionally clarifies which waters are not subject to federal control. These include features that only contain water after rainfall, groundwater, ditches including most farm and roadside ditches, converted cropland, farm and stock watering ponds, and waste treatment systems.
According to the EPA press release, “The agencies’ Navigable Waters Protection Rule respects the primary role of states and tribes in managing their own land and water resources. All states have their own protections for waters within their borders and many already regulate more broadly than the federal government. This action gives states and tribes more flexibility in determining how best to manage their land and water resources while protecting the nation’s navigable waters as intended by Congress when it enacted the Clean Water Act.”

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC)  is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named 2019-nCoV. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.  Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

Situation in U.S.

Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps related to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus, including suspending entry in the United States of foreign nationals who have visited China within the past 14 days. Measures to detect this virus among those who are allowed entry into the United States (U.S. citizens, residents and family) who have been in China within 14 days also are being implemented.

CDC Recommends

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

CDC will update the U.S. map (see below link) tracking all coronavirus information daily. Information regarding the number of people under investigation will be updated regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

MDOT’s Office of Small and Minority Business Policy conducts a free monthly workshop for firms interested in applying for certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and/or Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

Learn the benefits of certification, the application process, eligibility standards, as well as business development and marketing tips.  You will also have the opportunity to meet with a certification officer one-on-one to ask questions that relate specifically to your business.

 

Each ticket is valid for one admission, each individual attending must register independently.

For additional information visit MDOT’s website at www.mdot.maryland.gov/certify.  For questions, email mbe@mdot.maryland.gov or call (410)865-1269.

**Once this event is sold out, tickets and registration will no longer be available**

**Security Policy: All visitors must present a valid Driver’s License or U.S. Passport in order to gain access to the building.