Volume 85 Issue 31 | pp. 45-49
Issue Date: July 30, 2007

Wading Into The Muddle

Bush Administration and Congress respond to Supreme Court restrictions on Clean Water Act
Department: Government & Policy

SINCE ENACTMENT of the Clean Water Act more than 30 years ago, many people had assumed that the creek near their homes was protected from unfettered discharges of pollutants by the federal law. They had assumed this whether the streambed was dry much of the year and carried water only during the wetter seasons or whether water flowed all year round.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2006 tossed this assumption into the wastebin. It . . .

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