WOTUS

10 Point WOTUS Review

Already this year, there have been several noteworthy developments related to WOTUS and revisions that are being made under the current administration. There are a lot of moving parts and understanding where things stand can get confusing. Recently, NALP consultant David Crow of DCLRS provided a breakdown of where things stand that provides significant clarity […]

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Supreme Court Vacates WOTUS Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly struck down the Sixth Circuit Court’s stay on the Obama WOTUS rule. The Court unanimous ruled that challenges to WOTUS must be filed in federal district courts, as opposed to the federal appeals courts. The ruling marked the first opinion of the month. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the opinion.

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Proposed Rule to Rescind WOTUS Published

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Act. The rule, commonly referred to as “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS for short, has been a source of controversy since its initial introduction and has never gone into […]

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WOTUS Opposition Suffers Setbacks

Last Thursday, a federal appeals court stood by its decision that challenges to the Obama administration’s controversial water rule belong with it, rather than having to first go through district courts. The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied petitions, NALP and other industry groups, states, and property rights activists opposing the Waters of […]

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Changes in Congress Impacting the Landscape Industry

In late October, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was sworn in as Speaker of the House, taking the place of John Boehner (R-OH) who not only gave up his role as Speaker but also resigned his House seat. Before leaving, Boehner helped his successor by crafting a budget deal with the House and Senate Leadership and […]

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Advocacy Needs to Continue After Legislative Day on the Hill

It was wonderful to see such a strong showing of landscape professionals on Capitol Hill last week.  Members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals are well aware of the benefits the landscape industry brings to our environment and our communities: clean air, safer communities, beautiful neighborhoods, and jobs. “Ours is a $175 billion industry […]

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