Trump intends to further dismantle water regulations

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The Trump administration is preparing to further dismantle environmental regulations by vastly reducing the reach of federal protections for streams and wetlands — delivering a major win for farmers, developers, miners and oil and gas producers.

The announcement could come as soon as the upcoming holiday weekend, when President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the most vocal advocate of the rollback of water protections. The officials scheduled to accompany him Sunday at the convention in Austin, Texas, include Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, whose agency has said it plans to finish the new water rule this month.