The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a final rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources on June 29, 2015. THE RULE WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON AUG. 28, 2015. GCSAA members need to pay attention to this important change, which will impact golf course design, construction and management.The agencies are redefining the definition of "Waters of the United States" within the CWA and this change will impact all CWA programs. They are changing what surface waters come under federal regulation vs. state regulation. This could mean more permits and increased costs or delays. In addition, courses could be subject to citizen action lawsuits.
*GCSAA does not provide legal advice and in some cases limits technical advice such as actual jurisdictional determinations of WOTUS.
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