Cattle growers sue over new water rules


The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, a conservative property rights group, filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s newly finalized Navigable Waters Protection Rule, arguing it defines federal power too broadly even though it significantly limits the reach of the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit was brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation, which has won several high-profile Clean Water Act cases before the Supreme Court.

POLITICO reported that it marked one of the first legal challenges filed against the new water rule, which a number of environmental groups and Democratic-led states have vowed to fight as too narrowly defining federal protections. The complaint , filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, challenges portions of the new definition of protected waters that cover lakes, ponds and streams that are not truly navigable and have not been used to transport goods in interstate or international commerce.