The disappearing Big Lost River has long confounded federal regulators, but the confusion could soon end under the Trump administration's Waters of the U.S. rule, which would eliminate Clean Water Act protections for many waterways, including the Big Lost.
Cleveland's Cuyahoga River burned for the last time 50 years ago this week. It was a small fire, under control in a half hour and fully extinguished within two hours. A firefighter told reporters it "wasn't that big a deal." Yet the blaze has been credited with sparking passage of the Clean Water Act.
The biggest environmental case on the Supreme Court's docket in years might not happen after all. Earthjustice has made a settlement offer to Maui County, Hawaii, in closely watched litigation over the scope of the Clean Water Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a memo this week saying contamination in groundwater that feeds into rivers, streams, and lakes doesn't need to be regulated under the Clean Water Act. It goes against two federal court decisions that argued the opposite.