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Water and Bird Protection Reform Laws to Bring Clarity (Guest: Darren Bakst)

February 20, 2020

The Trump administration has offered reforms to the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify what waters fall under federal power and that only acts which intentionally harm migratory birds are criminal.

Overtime federal agencies have used the vagueness of the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to expand their authority beyond legitimate bounds over peoples lives and properties. The Trump administration is upholding the rule of law with reforms to the  Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify what waters fall under federal power and what that only acts which intentionally harm  migratory birds are criminal. These reforms make clearer when a person or company is not violating federal law or needs regulatory approval to act.
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org