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The EPA has proposed a new regulation to limit wetland protection. The new regulation would redefine wetlands and other water features under the Clean Water Act and will likely limit protections. This is essentially an end to an Obama-era rule that had expanded the definition of protected waters.

“The new rule would define when a wetland or other water feature qualifies for protection under the Clean Water Act, which protects the nation’s ‘navigable waters,’” Clark Morrison, a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, tells GlobeSt.com. “The principal legal question is the extent to which a water must be ‘navigable’ to qualify for protection. For example, we know that seas and major rivers are navigable, but most rivers are fed by small trickles far upstream that are not navigable at all.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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