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SWS joins other aquatic science societies in opposing the WOTUS Rule to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule

The EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers issued a Rule to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which will greatly reduce the area of wetlands, headwaters, ephemeral and isolated wetlands and waters that are federally protected. SWS members who wish to comment on this Rule will have 60 days to submit comments. Agencies are providing information about th...

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The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina found that the Trump administration improperly suspended the Clean Water Rule ( Read the Order ). Specifically, the Court held that (1) the EPA and Corps violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by refusing to solicit public comment on the merits of suspending the Clean Water Rule an...

On July 24, 2018 an amicus curiae brief in support of Clean Water Rule was filed in the North Dakota Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule case. The brief reiterates that the Clean Water Rule is scientifically sound and is based on state of the science studies, including those in the EPA's Connectivity Report.The Connectivity Report ...

SWS issued the Society of Wetland Scientists Denver Declaration on the Management and Restoration of Wetlands at the 2018 SWS Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, USA, on May 29 - June 1, 2018. Over 200 attendees signed the statement in support. The Statement reads as follows: "The following participants at the Society of Wetland Scientists 2018 Annual Me...