About Reed Hopper

Mr. Hopper is a principal attorney in PLF’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He oversees the foundation’s Endangered Species Act Program and PLF’s Clean Water Act Project.

Briefing on WOTUS Rule begins in Supreme Court

On behalf of landowners, we filed our initial challenge to the Army Corps and EPA  “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” rule in the Federal District Court of Minnesota in 2015. That case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. … Continue reading

WOTUS suit goes forward in the Supreme Court

In our last WOTUS update, we informed you that the President recalled the infamous WOTUS rule redefining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act and directed DOJ and the EPA to revise the rule in accordance with … Continue reading

The Administration calls for review of flawed WOTUS rule!

The President issued an Executive Order today calling for the EPA to review and revise the indefensible Army Corps and EPA rule redefining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act. I can … Continue reading

Over the top “critical habitat” regulations at risk of extinction

In a recent post, I discussed our Markle case in which PLF sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for grossly exceeding its authority under the Endangered Species Act. In June of 2012, the Service blatantly ignored the express language … Continue reading

Gopher frog case to the Supreme Court

Four years ago, PLF filed suit in federal court on behalf of landowners, Markle Interests, LLC., whose property was designated “critical habitat” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under the Endangered Species Act, “critical habitat” includes only those areas … Continue reading

Hawkes wins wetland case on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court

Last May, PLF won a unanimous decision from  the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. That case was hailed as a victory for millions of landowners nationwide who were finally … Continue reading