Across the country, water in one form or another is practically everywhere. But what qualifies as a “water of the United States,” and the regulation that comes with that designation? Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Clean Water Rule, commonly referred to as the Waters of the U.S. rule. The long awaited rule, according to the EPA, aims to ensure that the country’s natural water resources are effectively preserved, while at the same time making the regulatory process more predictable and cost-effective for industry and business to navigate, by defining “waters” under the Clean Water Act. While many groups have welcomed the rule’s protection of water resources, others, including some farmers and industry parties, have criticized the rule as a regulatory overreach.
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