“The court’s decision is obviously disappointing,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “It sends us back to the confused implementation of the Clean Water Act that existed before the rule. What’s more, putting the rule on hold nationwide ignores the wishes of the District of Columbia and seven states that support the new rule and the clean water protections it affords. Regardless, today’s ruling is only preliminary, and the court acknowledges the need for a new rule and the rigorous, science-based process the EPA and the Corps has used to write one. Sportsmen and women across the nation remain steadfast in our support of better clean water protections and are confident that, when the dust settles in the courts, the clean water rule will withstand challengers claiming that it protects our water too much.”

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