Izaak Walton League: Protecting Clean Water

Protecting Clean Water

EPA and the Army Corps Act to Restore Clean Water Act Protections
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers have taken steps to begin restoring Clean Water Act protections for streams, wetlands, and other critical waters.

Clean Water Act Rulemaking: The Army Corps and EPA jointly released a proposed rule 2014 to clarify which waters of the United States are protected by the Clean Water Act. The draft rule is a great step toward restoring protections for upstream waters and wetlands that were eliminated over the last decade due to confusing Supreme Court rulings and agency rules. The American people had an opportunity to weigh in on how important clean water and healthy wetlands are to them, and the Izaak Walton League of America urged all hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts to speak out in support of the proposal. To read more about the proposal, visit the EPA Web site.

Barrasso Bill (S. 1140) Undermines Clean Water Act Protections for Fish, Wildlife, and Drinking Water (PDF)

Izaak Walton League Comments
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.


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