Groundwater, wetlands, and WOTUS: An update on the war over waters of the U.S.

Groundwater, wetlands, and WOTUS: An update on the war over waters of the U.S.

Mark Clark, Associate Professor, Soil & Water Sciences, University of Florida & David Kaplan, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida

Join us for the livestream October 12, 11:45am ET:

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Drs. Kaplan and Clark will review recent legal and policy decisions affecting the regulation of water and wetlands in the United States. Dr. Kaplan will describe a “friends of the court” brief he co-authored for the Supreme Court in  the County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund case, which resulted in a science-based ruling that has closed a massive loophole and strengthened the Clean Water Act. Next, Dr. Clark will review the latest news from the the Sackett v. EPA case currently being heard by the Supreme Court.


Dr. Mark Clark has expertise in wetland ecology, water quality and watershed processes. His research interest include wetland nutrient assimilation and storage processes, vegetative succession dynamics, wetland macrophyte ecophysiology, and ecological engineering design using natural and integrated processes to improve water quality and enhance ecological function of altered landscapes. He is an Associate Professor in the Soil and Water Science Department and is also an Extension Specialist of Wetlands and Water Quality with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He teaches courses in Wetlands and Water Quality.

Dr. David Kaplan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences within the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida and Director of the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Research in Dr. Kaplan’s Watershed Ecology Lab ( focuses on linkages among the hydrological cycle, ecosystem processes, and human activities, with the goal of advancing natural resources conservation and management.