EPA Calls for WOTUS Comments


Following the Executive Order of February 28th 2017, Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism and Economic Growth, the Waters of the United States Rule was placed in abeyance with the intent of revision. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are now requesting public comment to define the scope of waters regulated by the Federal government under the Clean Water Act.

It is intended to define the relative jurisdictions of the two agencies with respect to potential and functional water courses taking into account the responsibilities of state authorities.

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule introduced during the previous Administration was extremely contentious and resulted in extensive litigation. WOTUS was regarded by the agricultural community as an exercise in jurisdictional overreach.