→ Revised definition of "Waters of the United States"

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are collecting public comment on a ‘proposed rule defining the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. This proposal is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of “waters of the United States” [put forth in a 2015 rule] consistent with the Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017, “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the `Waters of the United States' Rule.” ’ The proposal would restrict the definition of “waters of the United States” to ‘Traditional navigable waters, including the territorial seas; tributaries that contribute perennial or intermittent flow to such waters; certain ditches; certain lakes and ponds; impoundments of otherwise jurisdictional waters; and wetlands adjacent to other jurisdictional waters.’