New “Water of the United States” Definition Proposed

Steve Watters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of “Waters of the United States.”

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can be viewed here

A 60-day comment period will begin once the new proposed rule is released in the Federal Register, but no firm date has been given yet. For more information on the public comment period, visit here.

The EPA and USACE will host a webinar Jan. 10 to inform the public about the proposed rule.