"Wetlands: Battle Lines Form as EPA Hints at Revised Regulatory Plan"

"At its heart, a major new U.S. EPA report that synthesizes more than 1,000 studies about connections among streams, wetlands, rivers and lakes comes down to what elementary school students are taught about the water cycle. Streams flow into creeks that flow into rivers."

"But the devil -- and most likely lawsuits and legislative wars -- is in the details as the Obama administration prepares a rule proposal aimed at clarifying what water resources fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

Nancy Stoner, EPA's acting assistant administrator for the water office, said in a blog post last week that the report -- which faces a review by a Scientific Advisory Board and a public comment period before it can be made final -- would "serve as a basis" for a rulemaking."

Annie Snider reports for Greenwire September 24, 2013.


"Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence" (EPA)

Source: Greenwire, 09/25/2013