SBA Office of Advocacy National Waters of the U.S. Roundtable, April 4, 2019

Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida
Port Tampa Bay Building
1101 Channelside Dr., Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602-3613

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy will be hosting a roundtable to discuss the following topic at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Interested parties must RSVP to The purpose of the roundtable will be to hear directly from small businesses about the proposed rule.


8:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking

9:00 a.m.– 9:05 a.m. Introductory Remarks
Charles Maresca, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy
Eileen Rodriguez, Florida Small Business Development Center

9:05 a.m.– 9:10 a.m. Who is the Office of Advocacy and What We Do?
Charles Maresca, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy

9:10a.m.– 9:20 a.m. Overview of the Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule
Prianka Sharma, U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy

9:20 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Input from Interested Small Entity Stakeholders

*Agency staff from EPA and the Army Corps have been invited to this event however their attendance has not been confirmed. Comments expressed during this roundtable do not take the place of submitting written comments to the regulatory docket.


Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities. Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press. Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns. The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

Small Business Environmental Roundtable
Issue for Discussion
April 4, 2019

Request for Comments on the Army Corps and EPA’s Proposed Rule to Revise the Definition of Waters of the United States

On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule to revise the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule outlines those bodies of water that are subject to federal jurisdiction and therefore require permits in order to conduct activities within those waters.

The agencies published a video presentation outlining the proposed rule that is available to the public here: Advocacy will reference this presentation in its remarks during the roundtable; however, attendees are encouraged to view the presentation prior to this event to help inform their remarks.

Written comments are due by April 15, 2019.

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