Bloomberg Law
May 25, 2023, 7:53 PM

Supreme Court Strips Federal Role Protecting Wetlands, Waterways

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday removing federal protections for vast numbers of streams and wetlands will expedite commercial and residential development across the US while mostly scrapping long-contested Clean Water Act regulations, according to environmental attorneys.

The unanimous, though divided, ruling in Sackett v. EPA effectively eliminates the federal government’s role in regulating many wetlands nationwide, leaving it to the states to protect wetlands that are not directly connected to large rivers, streams, and coastlines, the attorneys said.

“The protections that apply to a particular wetland will now vary, potentially significantly, based on where they are located across the ...

Learn more about Bloomberg Law or Log In to keep reading:

Learn About Bloomberg Law

AI-powered legal analytics, workflow tools and premium legal & business news.

Already a subscriber?

Log in to keep reading or access research tools.