EPA Proposes Broad Definition of “Waters of the US”

Responding to court rulings, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a clarifying definition of “waters of the United States” which determines whether a body of water or waterway is subject to Federal jurisdiction.

Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, the law firm, provided a helpful article on this development which concludes, “One key element of the proposed rule would automatically subject nearly every natural and artificial stream and wetland that is adjacent to or near a traditional navigable water, interstate water, or territorial sea to federal jurisdiction.”

Click here to read the Jeffer Mangels’ article on JDSupra, the online legal magazine.

Click here to read a background article in the LA Times.