Time For Biden EPA To Resolve 'Waters Of US' Debate

By Jim Murphy (October 20, 2021, 5:07 PM EDT) -- When the Clean Water Act was passed almost 50 years ago, Congress set the scope of its jurisdiction as navigable waters — defined broadly as "waters of the United States."[1] The term's meaning has immense implications.

It determines, among other things, whether waters can be polluted, degraded or destroyed without federal protections; which waters will be required to have water quality standards setting forth criteria designed to ensure their health; and which waters need cleanup plans when they are not meeting the uses — including drinking, fishing and swimming — that they are designated to meet.

This critical term is the...

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