Case Detail

Rapanos v. United States
On December 2, 2005, WLF filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court urging it to reject the federal government's claim that it has regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act over isolated "wetlands" located over 20 miles away from any navigable waterway. The case presents the Court with an opportunity to rein in federal regulators who have seemingly ignored the Court's ruling four years ago that Congress intended the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction to extend only over wetlands that are adjacent to waterways that are navigable, and not over isolated wetlands that are otherwise subject to local control. The court of appeals held that eventually, all water drains into the rivers, and therefore, federal jurisdiction can be asserted over isolated wetlands. WLF filed another brief earlier this year urging the Court to grant review in this case.
Case Status:
Oral argument held February 21, 2006. Awaiting decision.
More Information and Downloads:
12/2/2005: Download the Brief
4/4/2005: Download the Brief

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