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Colorado Joins States Suing Trump Administration Over Water Rule

May 22, 2020, 9:32 PM

Colorado became the most recent state hoping to block the Trump administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States,” after filing a complaint in district court Friday alleging the rule violates federal law.

The federal government’s proposed Navigable Waters Protection rule would narrow which types of wetlands and waterways qualify for federal oversight under the Clean Water Act, replacing past interpretations by earlier administrations.

The new, narrowed definition would mean developers no longer need federal permits for work affecting types of waterways now excluded from the WOTUS definition, including certain types of groundwater, storm water run off, and converted...

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