Seventeen states and two cities are suing the Trump administration over its Navigable Waters Protection Rule, joining a host of environmental groups that have already filed lawsuits challenging the new definition of "waters of the U.S."
In an important decision for agriculture, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Clean Water Act permits may be required when pollutants make their way through groundwater into a lake, river or other navigable water.
President Donald Trump on Sunday declared that the “best days for America’s farmers and ranchers are yet to come” following his new trade deals, and he repeatedly thanked producers for standing behind him amid the tariff war with China.
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.
Trade remains the top concern for American agriculture heading into 2020, with looming uncertainty about whether the Chinese will make promised increases in commodity purchases, and whether President Donald Trump will provide another round of trade assistance to U.S. producers.
Members of the Supreme Court expressed concern Wednesday about pollution that reaches navigable waters by traveling through groundwater, but the justices also worried that residential septic tanks could get swept into the regulatory solutions.