In these times of “lol”s, “brb”s and “fwiw”s*, most everyone has come to learn the acronyms often used for the president, POTUS, and maybe some others but there may be one ‘OTUS’ you haven’t heard – WOTUS. And now Rep. Rick Allen (R- GA 12) wants to get rid of that one altogether.

WOTUS stands for the Waters of the United States Rule. It was issued under the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers and was issued to define and clarify the scope of waters under the EPA’s purview. In effect, it was designed by the Obama administration to help downstream waters from upstream pollution. “This rule will provide the clarity and certainty businesses and industry need about which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, and it will ensure polluters who knowingly threaten our waters can be held accountable,” said then-President Obama. 

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