Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers said ephemeral streams would not fall under federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. It was a change from rules finalized by those same agencies in 2015, under the Obama administration. "The hook is, 'Waters of the United States.' Those are the jurisdictional waters," said Bethany Sullivan, an assistant professor at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law. "Well, what does that mean? That definition has evolved tremendously over time."
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