TAG: WOTUS

Government Affairs: Will Congress beat Trump to the punch in rescinding WOTUS?

August 3, 2017By

Congress and President Trump seem to be in a race to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation issued by the Obama administration. The WOTUS regulation was a joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to clarify the definition of water bodies that would come under their regulatory jurisdiction. The... read more

Trump orders review of WOTUS

March 1, 2017By

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Feb. 28 designed to begin the roll back of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule, NBCnews.com reported. It is the first major announcement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since its new head, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the Senate. The executive order instructs both agencies to formally examine the Obama-era rule, also known as the Clean... read more

Government Affairs: Landscape contractors will face new federal regulations in 2016

February 3, 2016By

The Obama Administration, now in its last year, is trying to push through a number of new regulations that will affect landscape contractors before time runs out. Here is a run-down of the new regulatory packages that may impact your business and one that may not. New Pesticide Rules One of the latest regulatory changes proposed by the Environmental Protection... read more

Government Affairs: In support of WOTUS

July 6, 2015By

The reaction to the recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it would publish as final the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) regulations has been immediate and negative. The regulations are opposed by green industry groups, such as and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and AmericanHort. Some of this reaction is simply overblown, such... read more

Government Affairs: New WOTUS regs: Should you be worried?

June 3, 2015By

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army said they are publishing final, new controversial regulations that define the term “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). This move follows more than a year of acrimonious debate since the EPA and Army first published these new rules as a draft... read more

Issue Brief: Should you need a permit to plant a tree?

November 5, 2014By

If the proposed revision to the definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) were enacted, landscape professionals and homeowners might need to get a permit to plant trees or shrubs on their own property or on a client’s property. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed revision to the WOTUS, up for public comment... read more