Pitfalls of Ping Pong WOTUS Policy

Posted by Ecobot on Apr 1, 2022 12:23:00 PM

Ever-changing Waters of the United States (WOTUS) policy impacts both the regulatory and consulting spaces, as well as environment and infrastructure.


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Topics: wetlands, monitoring, change, Ecobot, conservation, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, science, Navigable Water Rule, delineation, section 404, 404, environmental permitting, natural resource identification

Florida 404 Assumption: Policy & Practice

Posted by Ecobot on Mar 15, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Experts explain Florida’s 404 assumption policy and practice. 

This topic was covered in the 15th episode of Ecobot's webinar series, Convergence of Wetland Science and Technology. View recorded episodes here. 

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Topics: wetlands, Ecobot, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, EPA, Navigable Water Rule, section 404, 404, natural resource identification, whitelisted, wetland mitigation, 404 assumption, Florida

Streamlining Environmental Reviews

Posted by Ecobot on Mar 8, 2022 10:22:00 AM

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s IPaC software makes environmental review and permitting more straightforward, efficient, and transparent than ever for the Service and users alike.

This topic was covered in the 14th episode of Ecobot's webinar series, Convergence of Wetland Science and Technology. View recorded episodes here. 

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Topics: Ecobot, ecosystem, technology, science, mapping, environmental permitting, natural resources, natural resource identification, efficiency software, ipac, USFWS

These ARE the droids you are looking for.

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on Oct 2, 2019 4:50:13 PM

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s legendary line from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, thwarted the probing questions of the stormtroopers looking for R2-D2 and C-3PO, and captured the hearts and souls of fans across the galaxy. The art of persuasion through the redirection of thought and energy can sway most minds that are not sealed against it. In these times where science-fiction is a part of our everyday lives, it can be easy to lose sight of just how easily we can be redirected by programming, marketing, and artificial intelligence. We are constantly being mined for data so we can be groomed as better customers.

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Topics: wetlands, Ecobot, ecosystem, technology, science

Impacts of Proposed Revisions to WOTUS Rules

Posted by Jeremy Schewe, PWS on Sep 5, 2019 4:13:50 PM

Updated on 2/17/2020:  On January 23, 2020, the new WOTUS rules went into effect, limiting federal jurisdiction to wetlands that are connected via surface water, excluding ephemeral streams and isolated wetlands. With this new  ruling, the US loses nearly 18% of its stream protections and as much as 50% of wetland protections. States like Nevada and Arizona lose upward of 85% of their water protections. Again, the question stands: if the impetus for this rule change is to save money and time on regulations, why is no one talking about technology?


Updated on 10/02/2019On September 12, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency finalized its repeal of a 2015 Obama Rule for jurisdictional WOTUS by the federal government.  This change will largely impact the 22 states where the Obama Rule has been in effect.  This decision will create nationwide regulatory confusion and lawsuits.  I will continue to stay abreast of the details and provide relevant updates on new publications.


As the Chief Scientific Officer of Ecobot, it is crucial that I address the pending changes to the rules of implementation of the Clean Water Act proposed by the current administration.  While all regulations must be occasionally looked at in order to evolve with the times, the proposed changes, if implemented, would be a great tragedy to the both the environment and the economy of the United States.  The proposed changes to the protection of “the Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) would be a major backward step in responsible progress of our country and the world at large.

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Topics: wetlands, climate, Ecobot, resilience, conservation, US Army Corps of Engineers, WOTUS, Clean Water Act, EPA, USACE