WATCH: Supreme court un-protects many U.S. wetlands

WATCH: Supreme court un-protects many U.S. wetlands
October 5, 2023 Great Lakes Now

There is concern about millions of acres of wetlands across America, including the Great Lakes region, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The ruling weakens the authority of the EPA to regulate wetlands on private property, and while some farmers and developers support the decision, environmentalists are worried.

Many acres of wetlands across America and the Great Lakes could be in jeopardy following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision came down in May of 2023, and strips the EPA of authority to regulate wetlands on private property. Farmers and land developers say the decision provides clarity, but environmentalists like the Director of the Illinois Sierra Club Jack Darin says it’s bad news.

“For over 50 years, we’ve counted on the Federal Clean Water Act to protect these places for our communities,” Darin said. “And now all of a sudden, the Supreme Court has blown a hole in those protections.”

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Featured image: Sierra Club Illinois Chapter director Jack Darin. (Photo Credit: GLN)


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