Public Comments Accepted on WOTUS Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) announced a proposed rule to re-establish the pre-2015 definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) with updates to reflect consideration of Supreme Court decisions. USEPA says the action advances the goal of establishing a durable definition of WOTUS that protects public Read More

Do You Want to Host a Regional WOTUS Roundtable?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Department of the Army are calling on communities to propose roundtables to provide input on the regional implications of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. The regional roundtables aim to inform the work of USEPA and the Army to develop an enduring definition of WOTUS that Read More

Next Steps for Waters of the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) announced plans for upcoming community engagements to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The USEPA and Army say the agencies are “committed to developing a reasonable, effective, and durable definition of WOTUS that protects public health, the environment, Read More

Lawsuits Attempt to Block New Definition of WOTUS

The pendulum on the definition of the “Waters of the United States”, or WOTUS, appears to be swinging in yet another direction. A federal lawsuit filed by 20 entities aims to prevent the Navigable Waters Protection Act from going into effect later this month. California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Read More

New Waters of the United States Definition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced a new, more clear definition for what constitutes the “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS. With the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the USEPA and the Department of the Army finalized a revised definition for WOTUS to protect the nation’s navigable waters from pollution. The revised definition replaces the Read More