Supreme Court Restricts Federal Protection of Wetlands

May 26, 2023Media Mention
Successful Farming

Noah Perch-Ahern, Environmental Partner, shared his insights with Successful Farming regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to place limitations on the federal protection of wetlands, potentially impacting the extent of safeguards provided to these ecosystems.


The new standard will make it easier for real estate developers and home builders “to develop and build within non-adjoining wetlands near rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans, assuming the applicable state laws do not restrict development of the wetland,” said Noah Perch-Ahern, who practices environmental law in California. “Wetlands separated by barriers from waters should be easier to develop in states that don’t have more restrictive rules than the EPA.”