Trump Administration Publishes Final WOTUS Waters Rules
USAgNet - 04/23/2020
The Trump administration published a final rule this week rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. The final rule, written by the Engineers Corps and Environmental Protection Agency, redefines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean
Water Act, passed under President Obama in 2015.
The changes effectively remove limits on the amount of pollution that can be dumped into small streams and wetlands. The L.A. Times reports 81 percent of streams in the Southwest would lose protections.
Environmental groups criticized the WOTUS rule, which was proposed in December 2018, after it was finalized at the end of 2019. The final version is called The Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
Now, the National Wildlife Federation is voicing their opposition, saying they intend to fight the rule.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has also announced plans to sue the Trump administration over the rollback, arguing leaders failed to consider how it would impact endangered species.