EPA administrator nominee Michael Regan yesterday appeared to somewhat ease Republican anxiety over the fate of President Trump's controversial rule that rolled back federal protections for streams and wetlands by vowing to listen to farmers at the center of the fight.
When the Trump administration ends - whether that be in 12 months, five years or, god forbid, longer than that somehow - one of its lasting legacies will be the dismantling of environmental protections.
A ruling from a federal judge in South Georgia will continue to thwart a proposal to pinpoint which waterways are subject to federal oversight, marking what may be the final round of the fight over President Barack Obama's signature water initiative.
Arizona's San Pedro River, which goes from a dry channel in June to a raging river in July, has long been a battleground between homebuilders needing groundwater and environmentalists who fear development will suck the river dry. And now there's a new threat: President Trump's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
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.
Members of EPA's Science Advisory Board today grappled with how to address the Trump administration's rollback of clean water standards, given the administration's insistence that the proposal is a question of policy, not science.