>> President Trump signing an executive order Tuesday, that would begin the roll back of a major Obama administration effort, that expanded the federal protections of the nation's waterways from pollution. Trump directing the Environmental Protection Agency, to rewrite the Waters of the United States Rule.>> EPA's so called Waters of the United States Rule is one of the worst examples
>> A federal regulation, and it has truly run amuck, and is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers all across our land. It's a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name. But everything else is bad.>> The Obama rule redefined the criteria under the Clean Water Act for federally protected water ways to include streams and smaller bodies of water.
Environmentalists cheered the rule as it promoted safer drinking water, but the sweeping policy has been hung up in court. Even so, experts say changing the complex policy won't happen overnight, because of a lengthy review process required before eliminating regulations and writing a new rule. That work will fall to the new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, who addressed CPAC over the weekend.
>> We know that the previous administration>> I took the Waters of the United States rule, and transformed the Clean Water Act, and made puddles and dry creek beds across this country subject to the jurisdiction of Washington D.C., That's gonna change. The future ain't what it used to be there.
>> Trump, is also expected to take aim at Obama's other signature policy on the environment, which empowered the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.