The Trump administration is expected to soon release a new "waters of the U.S." rule redefining what streams and wetlands are regulated by the Clean Water Act, and some observers think the announcement could come this weekend when President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention.
The Trump administration's proposed changes to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) “decreases protection for our nation’s waters and does not support the objective of restoring and maintaining ‘the chemical, physical and biological integrity’ of these waters,” EPA’s Science Advisory Board said.
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.