The rule replacing the 2015 definition of “waters of the U.S.” is expected in the next few months, but that doesn’t mean federal courts won’t have Clean Water Act cases to deal with in the meantime — and for years to come.
The United States Sugar Corporation (USSC) has filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regarding the lake levels and water release standards of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida.
Leaders of the Army Corps of Engineers got an earful Wednesday from a small panel of lawmakers and a separate contingent of witnesses concerned about the management of floodwaters along the Missouri River.
Some 25 states are at risk for moderate to major flooding through May, including Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, in a region where floodwaters last month already swamped millions of acres of prime farmland and whole communities.
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their new “waters of the U.S.” proposal Tuesday at an event that attracted dozens of farmers and industry leaders who had long sought straightforward definitions that allowed farmers to more clearly decide how to operate on their lands.
Many areas covered by the Obama administration’s “waters of the U.S.” rule would be removed from federal oversight under a proposal released today by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.
Lawmakers seek to move their long-awaited farm bill this week, and the Trump administration is set to release a new “waters of the U.S.” rule that would remove ephemeral streams and many wetlands from federal jurisdiction.