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The Changing Clean Water Act

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Produced on April 15, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 32m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Environmental

Course Description

As with many areas of environmental law, a number of ongoing developments are impacting the reach of the Clean Water Act, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s revised definition of “waters of the United States,” litigation over discharges into groundwater, and litigation about when jurisdictional determinations may be challenged. This program will cover both historical and recent interpretations and developments, and predictions for the near future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the statutory framework of the CWA
  2. Discuss recent regulatory and legal developments
  3. Advise on the potential for upcoming developments affecting the CWA’s scope

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Douglas A. Hastings

Morgan Lewis

Doug Hastings focuses his practice on environmental litigation and regulatory issues. Doug represents clients in matters arising under a variety of federal and state environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He has been particularly involved in appellate litigation and administrative advocacy related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.


Sachin D.

After dozens of Lawline credits, this is the best presenter I ever had. He is clear, gutted over the basics but can still dive deep. He has a good framework and road signs and speaks clearly so people can follow him. Have him do more.

Susan D.

Outstanding content and presentation!

Steven K.

Nicely done! I enjoyed the Hypothetical Questions!!!

Robert L.

Very well presented in substance and form of content.

Pamela W.

Great overview of developments in this field

Kim H.

I learned a lot in this one. Thank you!

bruce g.

Good information on qa difficult subject

Julie A. B.

Thoughtful review of the statutory framework of the Clean Water Act and informative discussion of recent regulatory and legal developments.

Dava K.

This was the best CWA overview I’ve seen.

William C.

Excellent program on a complex legal area for the uninitiated.



Chris K.

Excellent discussion of evolving law re waters of the United States!

Clarence S.

Excellent presentation of evolving area of environmental law.

Robert C.

great slides and cases

Amy B.

I have an Environmental Certificate from a top Enviro Law School, and litigated CWA Citizen Suits for 12 years, so I can say with certainty that Mr. Hastings knows this area well. He does an excellent job of explaining a highly complex topic. For me it was a good “refresher” on some areas of the CWA that were outside the scope of my practice. Highly recommend as a primer for those interested in clean water issues.

Karen P.

excellent update

Karen B.

This atty had a breadth of knowledge and command of the topic, and was engaging the entire way through. I really appreciated his energy and the awareness of recent changes in law, as well as use of visual aids. Please have him again

Caterina C.

very clear and interesting really enjoyed this lecturer

Belinda B.

This presentation did a good job explaining a complicated regulatory situation

Tiffany A.

Excellent presentation. Presenter clearly interested in this area of law, which makes it so much more enjoyable for the audience.

Pamela R.

Enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor

Kevin L.

Great information and great presenter

Louis D.

Comprehensive overview for the first timer. I found it helpful to improve my understanding of the Clean Water Act and has it has evolved over time.

Jennifer R.

Good presenter

Janet P.

Really liked this presenter.

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