Supreme Court Sharply Limits Federal Government’s Ability to Police Pollution Into Certain Wetlands

The Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Water Act only applies to wetlands with aboveground flow to main-stem rivers and other big bodies of water. California passed stronger environmental rules in 2019 protecting marshes that sit behind levees, dikes and dunes.

While the state is confident in its rules, Eric Buescher with Baykeeper says state law doesn’t require industry to report wetland pollution. “That self-identification is vital to communities knowing who is polluting or where pollution is occurring,” said Buescher.

Supreme Court Sharply Limits Federal Government's Ability to Police Pollution Into Certain Wetlands