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SWS files Amicus Brief in Clean Water Rule suspension case

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On Monday, the Society of Wetland Scientists filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to emphasize the importance of science in agency rulemakings. Several states and organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for the suspension of the Clean Water Rule. The SWS brief asserts t...
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Waters of the United States applicability date published

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On February 6, the U.S. Army and EPA published a revised Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register that includes an applicability date. The purpose of the applicability date is to provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities while the agencies continue to consider possible revisions to the 2015 rule.
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Supreme Court decision on WOTUS jurisdiction spurs EPA action

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Written by the American Fisheries Society On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be heard in district courts rather than in U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal presenting a procedural hurdle to the Trump Administration's efforts to repeal and replace the 2015 rule with a narrower rule. Indu...
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House to examine state capacity to administer wetland protection

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The House Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or "WOTUS" rule. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.The subcommittee will also examine state participation in administering Clean Water Act regulat...
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Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

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In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of "Waters of the U.S." or "WOTUS." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second step in the rulemaking pr...
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EPA and Army propose amendment to Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army proposes that the 2015 Clean Water Rule does not go into effect until two years after today's action is published in the Federal Register. This amendment would give the agencies the time needed to reconsider the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Learn more . 
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CASS condemns silencing of EPA scientists

October 27, 2017 -  The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is very concerned with the actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit three EPA scientists from presenting their research at "The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed" workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, on 23 October 2017. CASS values sc...
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Send comments on Rule to Replace WOTUS Clean Water Rule before Nov 28

August 31, 2017 -  The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . Phase two of implementing Trump's Executive Order is to develop a new Clean Water Rule consistent with Scalia SCOTUS opinion. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept written recom...
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CASS Writes a Letter Requesting an Extension of Public Comment Period for WOTUS Repeal

August 8, 2017 -  The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting an extension of the public comment period for the WOTUS Clean Water Rule repeal. To read the letter, click here .  
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CASS supports FY18 funding for EPA, NASA and NOAA

April 26, 2017 -  SWS joined fellow Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) societies in signing the letters supporting FY18 funding for NOAA, NASA, and EPA. CASS sent the letters to the relevant House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees as the "Outside Witness Testimony." Proposed cuts to these aquatic and wetland-related programs ...
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