In this episode, water law expert Jesse Richardson returns to explain the Dec. 30 announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army of a finalized definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Richardson and anchor Brock Yordy dive deep into WOTUS and what changes to it might mean for groundwater professionals.

“The only thing we can say with any certainty about this new rule is that it raises a lot of uncertainty,” Richardson says. He and anchor Brock Yordy try to sort out some of the concerns and unanswered questions for those in the groundwater industry — and what comes next.

This episode covers:

  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
  • The Sackett vs. EPA case before the Supreme Court
  • The EPA and Army’s recently finalize definition of WOTUS and what it could mean for the industry
  • How a ruling in the Sackett case at the Supreme Court could still affect WOTUS

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