On Thursday, August 27, Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court for North Dakota approved a motion preventing the implementation of the Clean Water Act (previously known as the Waters of the US Rule) citing "irreparable harm." The motion prevents the regulation from becoming effective in 13 states. The rule was slated to become effective in all 50 states on Friday, August 28.
The specific 13 states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Following the ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a statement that the rule will still be effective in the remaining 37 states.
Two other legal challenges have been unsuccessful in preventing implementation of the rule. In US District Courts in both West Virginia and Georgia, the judges dismissed similar cases, citing lack of jurisdiction.
For clubs in these 13 states, the ruling means a reprieve from the regulations which would severely limit their actions in and around the waters deemed as federally protected.