The Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to severely restrict the types of streams, wetlands and other waterways that would be protected by federal regulation from development or disturbance. Though welcomed by farmers and developers, the announcement drew intense criticism from environmentalists.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly unveiled a proposed new definition of “waters of the United States” that would withdraw federal oversight of streams that only flow after it rains and of wetlands that are not physically connected to waterways. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal would take the place of a more expansive definition of federally protected waters, adopted by the Obama administration in 2015.[Continue Reading]