Press Release

EPA Acts to Restore Clean Water Act Protections


Initiates Rulemaking Process, Releases Science Report

September 17, 2013 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took two critical steps to begin restoring Clean Water Act protections for streams, wetlands, and other critical waters. The agency announced that it initiated the process of revising regulations on implementing the Clean Water Act and released a report synthesizing the peer-reviewed science documenting the connections between waters.

“The Izaak Walton League commends EPA for moving forward to restore protections for streams, wetlands, and others waters that are essential to fish and wildlife, hunting and angling, and the outdoor recreation economy,” said Scott Kovarovics, Izaak Walton League Executive Director. “Initiating the rulemaking process is especially important to safeguarding essential water resources over the long term.”

EPA formally commenced the rulemaking process by submitting a draft rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This process must be completed before EPA can propose a rule for public comment.

EPA also 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 and how activities in upstream waters affect water quality downstream.

“EPA has gone the extra mile to compile the peer-reviewed science about the connections between waters,” said Kovarovics. “This report puts science back where it should have been all along – at the forefront of decisions about the waters that are and should be protected by the Clean Water Act.”


Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America protects America's outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promoting outdoor recreation.