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EPA to Host Waters of the United States Roundtables

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (COE) announced plans to host listening sessions in August to inform their efforts as they revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS).

The virtual engagement sessions will include opportunities for stakeholders to provide their perspectives on the WOTUS rule rewrite. These roundtables will allow stakeholders to recount their experience with WOTUS—including what has worked and what has not worked in their community.

The agencies intend to revise the definition of WOTUS that includes two rulemakings:

  • The first rulemaking would restore the regulations defining WOTUS, which were in place for decades until 2015, with updates to be consistent with relevant Supreme Court decisions.
  • A separate, second rulemaking, would refine this regulatory foundation and establish an updated definition of "waters of the United States."

For more information on these public meetings, including dates and times, visit www.epa.gov/wotus.  

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