Help Protect Streams and Wetlands Today!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reconsidering which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. After repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the EPA is now considering what will replace it. The agency has been directed to consider former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion from a case in 2006 that would leave 60 percent of U.S. stream miles and 20 million acres of wetlands vulnerable to pollution.
Urge the EPA to adopt strong protections for streams and wetlands! To start, go to regulations.gov
and click on the “comment now” button located in the upper right hand side of the page. Insert the draft letter
, personalizing it with your own stories about why clean water is important to you, or type in your own comments urging the EPA to protect streams, wetlands, and clean water. Click Continue and you can preview your comments, then click “Submit Comment.”
Note, the EPA is hosting a series of listening sessions and public meetings via teleconference to gather input before drafting their proposed rule that will replace the Clean Water Rule. We expect that the EPA and Corps will unveil their proposed rule sometime in early 2018.
Read the background information on this important issue.
Trump Administration Puts America’s Waters at Risk
On February 28, 2017, the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule. This president directed the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to consider defining waters protected by the Clean Water Act based on an extreme minority opinion from the Supreme Court. Under this opinion, the Clean Water Act would not protect small streams, such as headwaters, unless they flow continuously. Moreover, it would also deny protection for many wetlands – including prairie potholes critical to migratory waterfowl and other wildlife – that lack a continuous surface connection to larger waters.
To protect our nation’s drinking water resources and economy, revisions to the Clean Water Rule must not rely on Justice Scalia’s opinion to define waters protected by the Clean Water Act.