Wisconsin Response to EPA/Army Corps Proposed Rule Changes That Affect the Clean Water Act

Wisconsin Response to EPA/Army Corps Proposed Rule Changes That Affect the Clean Water Act


It is heartening that the national Clean Water Network and other national groups rallied groups to submit comments concerning proposed rule changes by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers that would weaken wetland and stream protection under the Clean Water Act. Although Wisconsin acted quickly in 2001 to fill the regulatory gap created by a Supreme Court decision (the “SWANCC” case), thereby giving the state jurisdiction over so-called “isolated” wetlands, other states have not done as well. Nonetheless, despite the restored protection to Wisconsin’s wetlands, Wisconsin Wetlands Association is gathering signatures on a letter to the EPA from a variety of local, regional and statewide groups opposing any weakening of the Clean Water Act, and requesting the narrowest interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling.


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