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What is a water of the United States? More specifically, what is the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act? The Supreme Court opined on these questions in their May 2023 decision on the case, Sackett vs. EPA. This decision has inspired much controversy, with some seeing it as appropriate judicial restraint on overreaching bureaucracies, and other seeing it as an intrusion by the judiciary into the legislative process and a judicial overreach in the face of decades of precedent. All agree it was a momentous case whose effects will be felt for many years.

The Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environment and Sustainability is pleased to invite you to a symposium on the Sackett decision that will consist of three panels: 1) North Carolina water quality policies; 2) ecosystems and land conservation; and 3) a legal discussion on the Sackett decision itself. We will also hear from Elizabeth Biser, North Carolina Secretary of Environmental Quality.

Register here by November 3rdLunch will be provided for all registered attendees.