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Clean Water Act

Contrary to Supreme Court decisions, the Administration has proposed to clarify which bodies of water are subject to Clean Water Act regulations.

Depending on its definition of "waters of the U.S.," the Clean Water Act would require expensive and time consuming federal permits to develop private property with any wet area --  not just properties with a navigable interstate water or adjacent wetland.  In addition, property owners may experience a taking under the regulation without adequate compensation, as prescribed under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution.

Clean water is essential to a healthy environment, a growing economy and vibrant neighborhoods. NAR supports voluntary, market-based solutions that enhance the quality of water resources and protects property rights, while minimizing unnecessary regulations, costs and uncertainty for property owners and buyers.


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