Protecting Clean Water
EPA Acts to Restore Clean Water Act
In September 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took two critical steps to begin restoring Clean Water Act protections for streams, wetlands, and other critical waters.
- Clean Water Act Rulemaking:
The agency initiated the process of
revising regulations on implementing the Clean
Water Act. EPA formally commenced the
rulemaking process by submitting a draft rule
to the White House Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review. This process must be
completed before EPA can propose a rule for
- Stream Science: EPA issued a draft report synthesizing the findings of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed articles and studies about the connections between streams, rivers, wetlands, and other waters. The report encapsulates well-established facts about the interconnected system of waters, including how activities in upstream waters affect water quality downstream, and puts science back in the forefront of decisions about the waters that are and should be protected by the Clean Water Act.
CLEAN WATER FOR
The Izaak Walton League and dozens of the nation’s leading hunting, angling, and conservation groups joined together to make recommendations to President Obama and national policymakers to strengthen conservation, management of fish, wildlife, and habitat, and access to public lands and waters. The recommendations in Wildlife for the 21st Century address a range of issues important to tens of millions of Americans who hunt, fish, and enjoy outdoor recreation. The recommendations also reflect some of the League’s top policy priorities, including restoring Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands and ensuring the Farm Bill continues to fund habitat conservation on private lands.
FACTS FOR SPORTSMEN
- "Clean Water Act Guidance: A Balanced Approach to Restoring Clean Water Act Protections" fact sheet (PDF)
- "Hunters and Anglers: Supporting Our Nation's Economy and Conservation" fact sheet (PDF)
- More Than 250 Sportsmen and Conservation Groups Speak Out for Clean Water (comment letter to EPA)
- Sportsmen Support Clean Water Act Guidance (letter to Congress) (PDF)
- National Hunting, Angling Groups Applaud Release of Clean Water Guidance (press release)
At-risk Streams Provide Drinking
Water for 117 Million
Small streams, especially ones that may not flow all year, are especially at risk of losing Clean Water Act protections and becoming vulnerable to increased pollution. However, analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency concludes that these streams flow to public drinking water systems serving more than 117 million Americans. The EPA Web site breaks this information down for every state and many counties nationwide.
- Clean Water at a Crossroads (PDF): The League's Conservation Director, Scott Kovarovics, teamed up with Jan Goldman-Carter from the National Wildlife Federation to write this clear and insightful summary of the threats to America's waters today — and how hunters and anglers can safeguard our waters for future generations.