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POTUS vs. WOTUS: What Side of the Clean Water Debate Should Farmers Be On?

Passed in 1972, the Clean Water Act (CWA) is one of the most progressive, influential environmental policies in U.S. history. The CWA is charged with keeping U.S. waters “fishable and swimmable,” and protected from pollution. Recent proposed changes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would rollback these protections by changing the legal definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Lindsey talks with law professor Mark Squillace about the details of the Trump administration’s proposed changes and how they could impact agriculture and the environment.

The comment period on proposed revisions to WOTUS are open until April 15, 2019. The public can comment via

Summary of proposed EPA WOTUS definition change.

EPA Comment Link.

Professor Mark Squillace.

Edited by Hannah Beal, produced by, and recorded at the studios of Radio Kingston. Cover art American College of Environmental Lawyers.


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