These are challenging times for conservation at the national level. Actions by the new administration threaten to undermine decades of progress cleaning up our air and water. These policies also have far-reaching consequences for $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, which depends on healthy natural resources, abundant fish and wildlife, and a diverse array of public lands.
The League is actively engaged in Washington to defend the gains we’ve made. For example, we are fighting hard to maintain Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands nationwide. The new administration was in office less than one month when it moved to roll back these protections, which safeguard drinking water supplies for 117 million Americans and habitat essential to fish and wildlife. As if repealing these protections was not bad enough, the administration has signaled that it will dramatically narrow any future protections to cover only streams that flow continuously year-round.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60 percent of all streams in America are dry for some time annually. If the administration’s position prevails, the majority of streams nationwide will be more vulnerable to pollution and degradation. The League’s focus this fall – and, frankly for as long as it takes – is to fight this very dangerous attack on science, common sense, and fundamental protections for our most important natural resource. Read the letter – signed by 92 chapters and divisions – opposing the rollback.