Dear EPA: Does my backyard belong to you?

When my wife and I bought our home a couple years ago, we envisioned a backyard for kids and dogs — a fence, a swing set and a nice lawn.

A new proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has me looking at our yard differently.

According to the Clean Water Act, Congress and the U.S. Sup­reme Court, the EPA has authority to regulate...

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