The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that landowners can go directly to court after federal regulators decide that a piece of property containing wetlands is covered by the Clean Water Act. The case stemmed from a proposed peat mining operation in Minnesota, where the U.S. Corps of Engineers decided the property contains wetlands that fall under the Clean Water Act. Whether a particular plot of land falls under the law's jurisdiction is important to developers and other property owners because such a finding triggers a lengthy and expensive permitting process. The decision may be read here: 5-290_6k37.pdf.