Member Benefits

The Federal Water Quality Coalition (“FWQC”) is a group of industrial companies, municipalities, agricultural entities and trade associations.  The Coalition’s members are directly affected by, or have members that are directly affected by, regulatory requirements imposed under the Clean Water Act. The Coalition participates in federal and regional water quality rulemakings, initiatives and guidance development, through negotiation and written comments.  These activities are managed by the Coalition’s Coordinator, Fred Andes of the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg.  The Coalition’s goal is to ensure that water quality programs are focused, flexible and founded on sound science.

Current Membership

  • Alcoa, Inc.
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • American Iron and Steel Institute
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Association of Idaho Cities
  • Auto Industry Forum
  • City of Superior (WI)
  • Coeur D’Alene Mines Corporation
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • General Electric Company
  • Hecla Mining Company
  • Indiana Coal Council
  • Mid America CropLife Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Olin Corporation 
  • Orange County (CA) Sanitation District
  • Pharmaceutical EHS Sustainability Council
  • Rubber Manufacturers Association
  • Utility Water Act Group
  • Western Coalition of Arid States
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

Current and Planned FWQC Activities

The FWQC’s list of projects is constantly changing as projects are completed and new projects identified.  The most current list and summary of FWQC activities is contained in the attached matrix. 

The FWQC organizes teams of members to address specific interest areas.  Individuals from our member organizations may join as many teams as they would like.  Teams and activities are currently addressing the following issues: 

  • Ammonia Criteria
  • Antidegradation Review
  • Bioaccumulation Factors (BAFs)
  • Climate Change & Water Quality
  • Contaminated Sediments
  • Construction & Development Controls
  • Listing of Impaired Waters
  • Mercury Criteria & Implementation
  • Mixing Zone Restrictions
  • NPDES Permitting Issues
  • NPDES Permit Fees
  • Nutrient Criteria & Control Requirements
  • PCB Test Methods
  • Selenium Criteria & Implementation
  • Storm Water Permits
  • TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads)
  • Use Attainability Analyses (UAAs)
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET)

The Coalition comments on many EPA and state activities concerning water quality issues, and Barnes & Thornburg hosts frequent conference calls for the various teams to discuss recent developments on those issues.  If an issue is of particular concern to a group of members, Barnes & Thornburg often arranges meetings between members and agency personnel.  In addition, Barnes & Thornburg sends regular e-mails to notify members of agency activities, meetings, comment deadlines, and other relevant events as they arise.

Dues Structure

FWQC members pay dues once each year; invoices are usually issued in January.  The dues entitle members to participate in all FWQC activities, and benefit from all of the services described above, except for litigation, which is funded separately by those members that decide to participate in the specific case.  Dues amounts are set by category; the four categories of members for dues purposes are large trade associations, small trade associations, individual companies, and municipal entities.  If your organization is interested in joining the FWQC, you should contact Fred Andes to find out what your dues amount would be.  Mr. Andes can be reached at 312/214-8310, and at fandes@btlaw.com .