State and federal water regulations were a big part of the conversation at the Red River Basin Drainage Conference. Watershed districts and county leaders asked questions about the Minnesota-specific Wetland Conservation Act and the recently announced Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Rinke Noonan Law Firm attorney John Kolb told attendees the new WOTUS definition is one to watch and the Supreme Court will have the final say. “Until Congress decides it’s going to clarify the Clean Water Act and remove the ambiguity the Supreme Court noted, there’s always a chance the interpretation of WOTUS to change or be challenged.”
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