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Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States" (Final)
Jan. 18, 2023
The EPA and the Department of the Army ("the agencies") are finalizing a rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. In developing this rule, the agencies considered the text of the relevant provisions of the Clean Water Act and the statute as a whole, the scientific record, relevant Supreme Court case law, and the agencies' experience and technical expertise after more than 45 years of implementing the longstanding pre-2015 regulations defining "waters of the United States." This final rule advances the objective of the Clean Water Act and ensures critical protections for the nation's vital water resources, which support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth across the United States. This action is effective on 20 March 2023. Whitney Beck, Oceans, Wetlands and Communities Division, Office of Water (4504-T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; teler: (202) 564-2281; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov. (Federal Register 18 January 2023 [Rule] Pages 3004-3144)

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