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Focus on: Waters of the United States

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
20-06-006May 2020October 2020
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Author(s) Laura Driscoll and Rick Mraz
Description In April 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA issued a rule changing the definition of “waters of the United States” subject to federal water quality protections. The federal rollback exempts many wetlands, streams that flow in response to rainfall, and other water bodies from federal regulatory oversight. In Washington, wetlands, streams, and other water bodies are protected by state law. The federal government’s retreat shifts an unprecedented burden to Washington due to the uncertainty it creates by putting developers at risk of violating state law. We are considering all options to ensure state waters remain protected.
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Keywords administrative orders, CWA, navigable waters, state of Washington, Washington Department of Ecology, Waters of the United States, WOTUS, aquatic resources, shorelands, water quality, Ecology, wetlands, clean water act
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