The Only Constant is Change: Upcoming Revisions to the National Wetlands Plant List

Posted by Jeremy Schewe on Dec 13, 2019 12:57:40 PM

In today’s fast paced world, probably more than any time in history, the essence of Heraclitus philosophy that the only constant in life is change has become the reality for most of Earth’s citizens.  Between technology, communications, and speed of travel, human reality is changing faster than most individuals can comprehend or keep up with.  Change is constant.  We can’t step in the same river twice; the river changes and so do you.

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Topics: wetlands, species, US Army Corps of Engineers, USACE

Impacts of Proposed Revisions to WOTUS Rules

Posted by Jeremy Schewe on Sep 5, 2019 4:13:50 PM

Updated on 10/02/2019On September 12, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency finalized its repeal of a 2015 Obama Rule for jurisdictional WOTUS by the federal government.  This change will largely impact the 22 states where the Obama Rule has been in effect.  This decision will create nationwide regulatory confusion and lawsuits.  I will continue to stay abreast of the details and provide relevant updates on new publications.

 

As the Chief Scientific Officer of Ecobot, it is crucial that I address the pending changes to the rules of implementation of the Clean Water Act proposed by the current administration.  While all regulations must be occasionally looked at in order to evolve with the times, the proposed changes, if implemented, would be a great tragedy to the both the environment and the economy of the United States.  The proposed changes to the protection of “the Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) would be a major backward step in responsible progress of our country and the world at large.

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Topics: wetlands, climate, Ecobot, resilience, conservation, US Army Corps of Engineers, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, EPA, USACE