Entries by Donelle Harder

AGWEB: WOTUS Meetings on the Calendar with New Recommendations in Tow

In a letter sent on Tuesday by the Waters Advocacy Coalition, demands are made for the Biden administration to exclude ditches from the definition of federal waters, include wetlands only when they can’t be distinguished from navigable waters, and erase the independent interstate waters and wetlands category. The Coalition represents many sectors including energy, forestry, real estate, and transportation. […]

Coalition of 45 industry leaders calls for thorough WOTUS rewrite by EPA and Army Corps

Washington, D.C. (July 25, 2023) – Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) – representing 45 organizations that reflect a broad cross-section of small businesses, farmers, energy producers and job creators – in a letter on Monday urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carefully reconsider key interpretations in the 2023 […]

North Dakota official: Supreme Court’s Sackett ruling will free states to deliver clean drinking water

By Andrea Travnicek, North Dakota Department of Water Resources Director Published by the Grand Forks Herald The Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA last month was a much-needed win for clean water efforts in states across the country. The ruling, which narrowed the scope of federal authority over wetlands, rightly restores the balance of […]

WAC urges federal government to implement Sackett instead of doubling down

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2023) – Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC), a broad cross-section of small businesses, farmers, energy producers and job creators, released the following statement responding to the federal government’s appeal to lift the freeze on the 2023 “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule in 24 states. “Congress, the courts, and most recently the […]

KRCR: EPA water protections ruling a win for local farmers

Northstate farmers are breathing a sigh of relief following a major Supreme Court ruling on water protections. In a 5-4 vote, the ruling makes it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate certain bodies of water, narrowing the definition for which waterways can be considered “protected” and therefore require a permit for discharges. […]

THE POST MILLENNIAL: Supreme Court strikes down Biden policy restricting citizens from building on their own land in order to ‘protect water’

On Thursday, the Supreme Court rule that struck down a policy coming out of the Biden administration that saw the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopting a broad definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) to restrict citizens’ use of their own property. “The Court’s opinion also upends the Biden Administration’s overreaching WOTUS rule,” said the Waters Advocacy Coalition. “After decades […]

CARBON PULSE: US Supreme Court decision upends federal jurisdiction over wetlands

A unanimous US Supreme Court ruling delivered on Thursday narrows the federal government’s authority in regulating bodies of water and could have larger implications for protection of wetlands across the country, according to analysis from an environmental publication. Courtney Briggs, chair of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, applauded the decision. “The ruling preserves protections for our […]

E&E NEWS: Supreme Court erases protections for most wetlands

The Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling in a Clean Water Act case involving an Idaho couple’s property erases protections for the majority of the nation’s wetlands, while also throwing the Biden administration’s signature water policy into limbo. The 5-4 decision in Sackett v. EPA — written by Justice Samuel Alito, heavily quoting the late Justice Antonin Scalia — […]