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Monday Is Deadline To Comment On 'Waters Of The United States'

Monday night is the deadline to comment on a proposed federal rule change over so-called “Waters of the United States.” It could mean big changes for how some waterways are regulated.

The rule change re-defines which streams are covered under the Clean Water Act. In a change from the Obama Administration, the Trump EPA and Army Corps of Engineers would remove “ephemeral” streams from Clean Water Act protection. Those are streams that run in response to rain or snow.

Environmental and conservation groups are saying this is a big rollback of protections that took years to develop. Mining and development interests are happy with the change — they say it removes unnecessary permitting.

The deadline to submit a comment is 8:59 p.m. Arizona time.

Bret Jaspers was previously the managing editor for news at WSKG in upstate New York. Before that, he was a producer at WYPR in Baltimore and at Wisconsin Public Radio.His stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Here & Now, and also the BBC and Marketplace. Way back when, he started as an intern and fill-in producer at WNYC’s On the Media, and then helped out on The Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck.When he's not covering the news, he's probably running, reading, or eating. Jaspers is also a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional stage actors.