Katie Meyer is WITF’s Capitol bureau chief, and she covers all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she earned several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies.
Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.
(Harrisburg) — The Trump administration’s new plan to repeal an Obama-era clean water regulation has been met with deeply mixed reactions in Pennsylvania, and across the country.
Business advocates largely support the change, but environmentalists say it would be terrible for rivers, streams, and other waterways.
The regulation in question is known as Waters of the United States, or WOTUS.
President Barack Obama’s administration rolled it out in 2015—an expansion of the existing Clean Water Act that applied federal pollution controls to smaller waterways, like streams and wetlands.
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to redefine which waterways are federally protected, and which are left to the states.
Farmers and business owners have long decried WOTUS as overreach. Kevin Sunday, with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said it caused permitting confusion.
“Businesses in Pennsylvania certainly want to do the right thing,” he said. “It’s just a question of interstate waterways—Susquehanna, clearly an interstate waterway, right? Conodoguinet feeding into that? Maybe. The stormwater runoff that’s going into the Conodoguinet? Possibly.”
Environmental groups, however, say WOTUS has been vital in protecting waterways.