Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have been overreaching when it comes to the implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This statute, built on the idea of cooperation between the federal government and states, has instead become a tool to expand federal power and reduce states’ ability to manage their water resources.

As the Trump Administration and a new Congress look to rein in regulatory abuses, there are opportunities for major reforms to federal water policy. The Trump Administration and Congress have a real opportunity to usher in a new era of federal water policy based on federalism, regulatory predictability, and the rule of law. These principles are not obstacles to achieving improved water quality, but requirements for success.

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