Sackett v. EPA: How Will the U.S. Supreme Court Define "Waters of the United States?"

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One of the most controversial and long-standing environmental issues deals with what waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act.  For decades, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have struggled to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and the Supreme Court has not been able to provide clarity in its previous WOTUS decisions.  Now though, the U.S. Supreme Court’s first case of the new term is Sackett v. EPA, which provides the Court another chance to provide some clarity.  Join us for a discussion with the lead counsel for the Sacketts, Damien Schiff, and Georgetown University’s William Buzbee, as they delve into the legal issues of the case and its implications.


  • William W. Buzbee, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Damien Schiff, Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • [Moderator] Daren Bakst, Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, The Heritage Foundation

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