"There is little doubt that very small trace amounts of natural and synthetic drugs are showing up in waterways in some parts of the country. For instance, a stream study by the U.S. Geological Survey states: “Results show that a broad range of chemicals found in residential, industrial, and agricultural wastewaters commonly occurs in mixtures at low concentrations in streams in the United...
The Clean Water Land Grab
"In 1989, developer John Rapanos deposited dirt onto a portion of his property near Midland, MI. This was illegal, according to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, as Rapanos’ property contained federally designated wetlands, subject to regulation as 'waters of the United States' under the Clean Water Act (CWA), and Rapanos lacked a federal permit. The U.S. Supreme Court was not convinced. Upon hearing Rapanos’s appeal, over 15 years after his alleged offense, the Court questioned whether the wetlands were indeed subject to federal regulatory jurisdiction.
Why the uncertainty? The CWA prohibits the unpermitted discharge of fill material into 'navigable waters.'"
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- The Supreme Court and the Clean Water Act: Five Essays
- Reckoning with Rapanos: Revisiting 'Waters of the United States' and the Limits of Federal Wetland Regulation
- Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook CTY. (SWANCC) v. Army Corps of Engineers (2001)
- The Murky Future of the Clean Water Act after SWANCC: Using a Hydrological Connection Approach to Saving the Clean Water Act
- Rapanos v. United States (2006)