Water rule reveals new realities

Water rule reveals new realities

Definition of "navigable" better understood today than when Congress wrote Clean Water Act decades ago.

WHEN all the rhetoric is put aside regarding the proposed waters of the U.S. rule, it really boils down to a deep tension between a 19th-century concept of what a "navigable water" is and a 21st-century understanding of ecological science, Tracy Mehan told a Farm Foundation Forum last Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

He explained that many interconnections in the environment weren't known when navigability was written into the Clean Water Act (CWA) in

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