In Wisconsin, we owe much of our modern landscape of wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers to the last ice age when a vast ice sheet reshaped the land, and ultimately reorganized surface and groundwater systems.
The EPA has released a new rule to administer the Clean Water Act rolling back federal wetland protections after the US Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA.
The US Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett vs. EPA substantially narrows the scope of federally protected wetlands to those “with a continuous surface connection to bodies that are waters of the United States in their own right.”
While all wetland practitioners know the impact of the SWANCC decision on wetland jurisdiction, few people know the backstory of the site that led to this monumental court decision.
Isolated wetlands are essential, critical, and without compare as a habitat resource for waterfowl.