A Setback for Defenders of Clean Water

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Fighting for clean water and healthy wetlands has been a part of the Izaak Walton League mission since day one.  Since 2001, that fight has focused on restoring Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands in our communities. This effort received a major boost in 2015 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Water Rule, which restored protections for many small streams and wetlands that are vital to safe drinking water and outdoor recreation across America.

Unfortunately, the Trump Administration took a tremendous step backward on February 28th by directing EPA and the Corps to revise and rescind the existing Clean Water Rule. Specifically, the administration is looking to a minority opinion from the Supreme Court to define which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Many small streams and wetlands – especially those critical to migratory waterfowl and other wildlife – would lose protection from pollution and drainage under this policy.

Read more in the League’s press release.