Clean Water Rule Rewrite Could Write Off Protections

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Last year, President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule that clarified which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act – and which are exempt. The president also directed EPA and the Corps to replace the rule with a new one based on a minority opinion by late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia that sought to dramatically reduce waters protected by the Clean Water Act.

League staff created maps that show which waters could lose protection from pollution. Visit our Clean Water Act web page to download a map from your region. We also created a two-page fact sheet that provides an overview of what’s at stake if these streams lose Clean Water Act protections.

Clean water is critical to every hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast. It’s also critical to everyone who drinks water (that is generally all of us)! We invite you to use these materials to educate others in your community about what’s at stake and encourage them to take action when the new policy is released for public comment.

Jared Mott, IWLA Conservation Director