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Since the inception of the Clean Water Act in 1972, there have been several changes to the definition of waters within the U.S. Regulatory interpretation and application relative to the Act varies from region to region and even among project managers within the Corps of Engineers. New twists on the WOTUS roller coaster have been particularly frequent recently. It is unclear at this time if the agencies intend to continue with rulemaking to repeal the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. This variability has left many companies without any clear understanding of whether a stream, wetland, or body of water on their property is regulated, and, if so, whether it is regulated by the federal government, state government, local government, or some other governing entity.

The seasoned professionals at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) have weathered the twists and turns of the roller coaster ride and are well positioned to help you navigate the current regulatory environment. CEC helps companies by looking at properties to identify what water bodies are present and meet the regulatory definition of either a wetland or a stream or any of the categories of water bodies that are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. CEC has deep experience in interpreting past and current rules. We also have relationships with regional regulators and understand how they interpret and implement current regulations and guidance. We know what information we need to deliver and how to tell the story of the property to achieve regulatory approval for our operator clients. Through this informative article, you’ll learn more about the varied regulations and the evolution of definitions of waters within the U.S. You’ll also learn that you don’t have to navigate the Clean Water Act for your property on your own.

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