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Gov. Mark Gordon, 24 governors send joint letter to Biden opposing new federal water definitions

Under the new definition, more wetlands, lakes, rivers, groundwater and converted croplands will qualify as being federally protected, which signees say will restrict rural communities's energy resources.

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GILETTE, Wyo. — Today, Gov. Mark Gordon and 24 other governors sent a joint letter to President Joe Biden voicing their opposition to a new rule regarding the Clean Water Act and the revised definition of “Water of the United States.”

WOTUS is a term in the Clean Water Act that establishes the geographic scope of federal jurisdiction over “navigable waters”, defined in the statute as “the waters of the U.S., including the territorial seas.”

Under the new definition, more wetlands, lakes, rivers, groundwater and converted croplands will qualify as being federally protected, which signees say will restrict rural communities’s energy resources.

The rule was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 18, and will be implemented on March 30.

The governors are requesting that the Biden Administration delay the implementation until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling for here

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