On March 25, 2014, U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule redefining "Waters of the United States." Editorializing a bit, a cursory review of the proposed rule indicates little has been done to clarify whether and how certain streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. We will follow-up with a more detailed summary of the rule and potential implications once we have had an opportunity to thoroughly review the rule.
The proposed rule and additional information related to the rulemaking can be found on EPA's website. Comments on the proposed rule will be due within 90 days of publication in the Federal Register.