A federal judge got rid of a Trump administration rule that had little-to-no pollution protection for streams, marshes and wetlands across the United States.

Citing the possibility for serious environmental harm for the waters of the US, Judge Rosemary of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona found "fundamental, substantive flaws" with the Trump administration's policy.

The now-struck-down rule allowed pesticides, industrial chemicals and fertilizers to flow into small streams, wetlands and marshes. It drastically limited federal restrictions against pollution to millions of waters all over the US.

President Biden's administration was in process of creating its own protection policy to combat Trump's. President Trump established the ruling in 2020 at the request of farmers, real estate developers and fossil fuel producers who claimed that Obama-era policies were to burdensome with regulations. As the Biden administration worked on its own policies, however, it did keep the Trump resolution in place.

But Judge Márquez said that the policy conflicted with the 1972 Clean Water Act and should not have been allowed in the first place. Claiming the concern for serious environmental harm if it remained in place, she tossed it out. The new ruling also expands protections for drinking water supplies for Americans and wildlife species.

Some farm and business groups argue that states can better regulate their waterways than the federal government, and homebuilders, farmers and oil drillers said that the Trump policy made their work easier with fewer restrictions.

We imagine it did, but at what cost to our earth?

There will likely be an appeal in the future.