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Endangered Species, Migratory Bird and Clean Water Reforms Benefits People and the Environment (Guest: Jonathan Woods)

February 24, 2020

The Trump administration's reforms of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are a step towards improving the protection of both property rights and the environment.

Over time, federal agencies have used the vagueness of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to expand their authority beyond legitimate bounds over private lives and property. The Trump administration has offered reforms to limit these laws and make it transparent what types of actions violate them. This will provide property owners a clearer understanding of what uses they can put their properties too without violating the law, and specify to bureaucrats what limits the laws place upon their efforts, purportedly to protect the environment.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org