[Fourth Branch] Waters of the United States: Interpreting the Clean Water Act

What is the Clean Water Act? Have historical interpretations of its scope changed over the years? What are the practical effects of those interpretations on the environment, farmers, and landowners? How is this issue relevant today? Donald Kochan and Robert Glicksman explore these questions as they discuss the scope of the Clean Water Act.

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.

Differing Views:

“Summary of the Clean Water Act”

“Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking”

RTP Paper: “Restoring Meaningful Limits to ‘Waters of the United States'”

“Trump administration moves to slash federal protection for waterways”



Donald Kochan
Parker S. Kennedy Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Robert Glicksman
J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School


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