Court Stays Trump Water Rule Lawsuit

Biden Administration Has Until May 2021 to Review Trump Water Rule


By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer



OMAHA (DTN) -- A federal court agreed to delay an ongoing lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule to allow the Biden administration until May to conduct a review of the rule.


The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico also denied an injunction request made by the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association against parts of the Trump rule that took effect in June 2020.


The court cited President Joe Biden's executive order last month regarding public health, the environment and climate change that requires federal agencies to review rules drafted in the last four years, including the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. With that, the court granted a stay to delay any further proceedings until at least May 1. That would give the Biden administration time to "determine whether the rule should be maintained, modified, or otherwise reconsidered," the court stated.


While the Biden administration may push for a more stringent water rule, the federal court case in question stemmed from arguments the Trump administration's rule is too stringent...