EPA and USACE Propose “Waters of the U.S.” Definition

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ long-awaited proposed rule redefining “waters of the U.S.” was published on April 21 in the Federal Register. The agencies have provided a 90-day comment period on the proposed rule, with comments due on July 21. While the proposed rule is widely expected to be identical to the pre-publication version of the draft rule released on EPA’s website on March 25, 2014, Stream + Wetlands (formerly Ohio Wetlands Foundation) will be comparing both documents to identify and alert you to any substantive changes that may have occurred.