What’s Next for Waters of the United States and the Federal Clean Water Act?

Feb. 4, 2019 , 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Contact Lisa Soronen

“Waters of the United States” is a controversial regulatory term used in the Clean Water Act (CWA) to define the geographic scope of federal jurisdiction over rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, and other aquatic features. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed a new regulation that seeks to withdraw the 2015 definition finalized during the Obama Administration and replace it with a new and narrower definition of “waters of the United States.” The public comment period on this proposed rule will be opening soon and Samuel Brown, a partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and a former attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will provide a summary of the proposed regulation and the potential practical implications on state and local governments.