Nation: President Signs WOTUS Order

President Trump signed an Executive Order that begins to unwind the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Water Rule. Also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, the regulation was written by U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the reach of the federal government over wetlands and waterways under theContinue reading “Nation: President Signs WOTUS Order”

Nation: Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up the dispute over which lower courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule. The Court will reconsider the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to hear legal challenges to the rule, which is also known as Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS.Continue reading “Nation: Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS”

EPA Releases Water Rule

The Final Rule on Waters of the U.S. was released on May 27, 2015. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made several changes to the proposed rule in response to public comments, the final rule still expands federal jurisdiction over more U.S. waters beyond current practice, guidance and the limitations affirmed by two Supreme CourtContinue reading “EPA Releases Water Rule”

EPA Sends Controversial Water Regulations to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its controversial regulation to redefine the extent of its authority over U.S. water bodies for final review and approval. This proposed regulation would place more water bodies under federal jurisdiction, and result in more unintentional property rights violations, moreContinue reading “EPA Sends Controversial Water Regulations to White House”

3 Local Associations Ask EPA to Withdraw Water Rule

Following a recommendation from NAR, the Greeley, Longmont and Loveland-Berthoud Associations sent letters to the EPA encouraging the agency to withdraw the rule known as the “Waters of the United States”. NAR has been lobbying against the proposal for several years. The rule would broaden the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s abilitiesContinue reading “3 Local Associations Ask EPA to Withdraw Water Rule”

Submit Your Comment on Proposed Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) have issued a proposed rulemaking that redefines most water bodies as “waters of the U.S.”, which is a major change to the Clean Water Act.  If implemented, this proposed regulation would place more water bodies under the authority of the EPAContinue reading “Submit Your Comment on Proposed Water Regulations”

House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA

On September 9, 2014, the House voted 262-152 to pass HR 5078, the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Regulatory Overreach Protection Act by Reps. Steve Southerland (FL) and Nick Rahall (WV).  The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to redefine most water bodies as so-called “waters of the U.S.” where it may regulate land use on privateContinue reading “House Passes Bill to Rein in EPA”

NAR Opposes Latest Stormwater Regulations

The history of stormwater regulations began in 1972 with the federal Clean Water Act, which defined stormwater as “stormwater runoff, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage.” During rain or snow events, water runoff from urban streets, parking lots and construction sites can carry oil, grease, sediment and other pollutants, either directly or indirectlyContinue reading “NAR Opposes Latest Stormwater Regulations”

Supreme Court Unanimously Decides in Favor of Property Rights in Sackett v. EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court handed private property owners a victory with a unanimous decision on March 21 allowing a couple to appeal an EPA ruling that their property contains a wetlands. The ruling is supported by the National Association of Realtors® which along with other organizations submitted a friend of the court brief in theContinue reading “Supreme Court Unanimously Decides in Favor of Property Rights in Sackett v. EPA”