WASHINGTON — In his opinion blocking a federal regulation protecting bodies of water, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland recognized the confusion in recent years surrounding the rule.

The "waters of the United States" definition under the Clean Water Act clarifies the waterways and wetlands under federal protection, but as Hovland noted in his decision last Wednesday , there has been "an endless stream of lawsuits and legal challenges" surrounding regulations.

States and industry groups challenged a 2015 definition that expanded the waters under federal protection. The Trump administration replaced the regulation with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule narrowing protections, but federal […]

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