Clean Water Rule Articles

Written by charlie   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 02:51
The National Law review has written some clarifying articles about the new Clean Water Rule newly issued by the EPA, with its background and potential impact. Worth a read.

What’s a Wetland?: The Final Waters of the US Rule

The Practical Application of the Significant Nexus Test: The Final Waters of the US Rule

Traditionally Navigable Waters and the Possibility of Future Use: The Final Waters of the US Rule

EPA, Army Corps Redefine Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Wetlands and drainage after Rapanos

Written by charlie   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 17:57
I don't know how I never managed to stumble across this gem before, but I found it while searching for more information on the Clean Water Rule. Published by the William Mitchell Law Review, it is sharp and humorous review of wetland law post-Rapanos - enlightening for a generally "dry" subject :-)

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 18:10

Clean Water Rule

Written by charlie   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:07
A rule years in the making, the Obama Administration finally unveiled expanded protections for the nations watercourses and wetlands. Due to the negative effects of 3 Supreme court decisions (Bayview Homes, Rapanos and SWANCC) on the federal jurisdiction over waterways and wetlands, a new, finer grained definition of “waters of the United States” will return some sanity back to protect these important natural resources. In many instances, if state level protections are not in place to guard wetlands and watercourses from encroachment by farming or development, the Federal Clean Water act has little jurisdiction. This balanced rule will hopefully make the determination of exactly what waterways are covered an easier task, and finally begin moving towards the the Nation's stated objective of "no net loss" of wetlands, while retaining traditional exemptions for many farming, ranching, and silviculture activities.

Selected quotes from the rule are below, all 297 pages are available here

This final rule does not establish any regulatory requirements. Instead, it is a definitional rule that clarifies the scope of “waters of the United States” consistent with the Clean Water Act (CWA), Supreme Court precedent, and science......

In this final rule, the agencies clarify the scope of “waters of the United States” that are protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), based upon the text of the statute, Supreme Court decisions, the best available peer-reviewed science, public input, and the agencies’ technical expertise and experience in implementing the statute. This rule makes the process of identifying waters protected under the CWA easier to understand, more predictable, and consistent with the law and peer-reviewed science, while protecting the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of our nation’s water resources.

Additional info:

WATER POLICY: In major shift, new rule excludes some wetlands, ponds
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:22
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