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TAG: Waters of the U.S.

EPA, Army release new definition for Waters of the US

January 28, 2020By

EPA and the Army Corps announced a new definition for “waters of the United States,” commonly known as “WOTUS.” This is the final 2020 Clean Water Rule, known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and the second step in a two-step process to review and revise the definition of “waters of the United States.” The Navigable Waters Protection Rule highlights... read more

Government Affairs: Will Congress beat Trump to the punch in rescinding WOTUS?

August 3, 2017By

Congress and President Trump seem to be in a race to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation issued by the Obama administration. The WOTUS regulation was a joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to clarify the definition of water bodies that would come under their regulatory jurisdiction. The... read more

Trump orders review of WOTUS

March 1, 2017By

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Feb. 28 designed to begin the roll back of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule, reported. It is the first major announcement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since its new head, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the Senate. The executive order instructs both agencies to formally examine the Obama-era rule, also known as the Clean... read more

Government Affairs: In support of WOTUS

July 6, 2015By

The reaction to the recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it would publish as final the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) regulations has been immediate and negative. The regulations are opposed by green industry groups, such as and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and AmericanHort. Some of this reaction is simply overblown, such... read more

Government Affairs: New WOTUS regs: Should you be worried?

June 3, 2015By

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army said they are publishing final, new controversial regulations that define the term “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). This move follows more than a year of acrimonious debate since the EPA and Army first published these new rules as a draft... read more

Issue Brief: Should you need a permit to plant a tree?

November 5, 2014By

If the proposed revision to the definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) were enacted, landscape professionals and homeowners might need to get a permit to plant trees or shrubs on their own property or on a client’s property.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed revision to the WOTUS, up for public comment until... read more