[Film Screening & Discussion] Sackett v. EPA: A Tale of Wetland Regulations

A Regulatory Transparency Project Event

Event Video

Join the Federalist Society and the American Conservation Coalition for a film screening and discussion of Sackett v. EPA: A Tale of Wetland Regulations in Washington, DC. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Location: Washington, DC. Attendees will receive the exact location upon registration.

Registration is required to attend. 

The event will be live streamed, and registration is not required to view the live stream.

Following the film screening, a panel of leading environmental experts will discuss the property rights and environmental protection issues raised by Sackett v. EPA, the implications for agency implementation and enforcement of regulated waters under the Clean Water Act, and more.


  • Daren Bakst, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment and Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • William Buzbee, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Moderator: Morgan Brummund, Government Affairs Director, American Conservation Coalition

Film Description:

At what point can Americans go to court to defend themselves against agency enforcement action?

This crucial question arose for the Sackett family when they embarked on the initial stages of constructing their home near Priest Lake, Idaho. EPA agents arrived on their property and asserted that it was a federally protected wetland. The EPA subsequently issued a compliance order that would subject the Sacketts to a fine of $37,500 a day. What followed was years of legal battles between the Sackett family and the EPA, culminating in two pivotal Supreme Court decisions.

In the second episode of the Regulatory Transparency Project’s “Regulation and Red Tape” series, experts delve into the story of the Sackett family, their experience with the EPA, and the due process questions raised by the story.


As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.