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News Posted on April 13, 2017

Professor Frank Interviewed by Public Policy Institute of California on Federal Water Rule

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 was interviewed by the Public Policy Institute of California on the Trump Administration’s proposed rescission of the Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule clarifying federal jurisdiction over wetlands and water pollution under the Clean Water Act.

The rule, which had not yet gone into effect, “would have provided greater protection for California wetlands,” Frank said. “Some might argue that the cow’s already out of barn, since the state has already lost 90% of its historic wetlands and 95% of its coastal wetlands. For the next couple of years, at least, that additional protection for our remaining wetlands is removed, unless the state steps up in some way. In the meantime, I’m confident that the wetlands protection provisions of the federal Clean Water Act will remain the most controversial and heavily litigated provision of this bedrock environmental law for the foreseeable future.”

Frank is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.