Press Release

Izaak Walton League Welcomes Court Ruling that Overturns a Bad Water Rule


The Navigable Water Protection Rule, which the Izaak Walton League has opposed since its inception, was overturned by a federal district judge in Arizona on August 30. This is welcome news. 

In deciding to vacate the rule instead of just letting the EPA and Army Corps continue their process of repealing and replacing it, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Màrquez confirms what the League has been saying all along: Pollution in tributary streams like ephemerals as well as wetlands have cascading and serious effects on water quality downstream.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule ignored this common sense science and has rightfully been vacated nationwide.

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Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America is one of the most effective conservation organization in the US with a long legacy of pioneering achievements in policy and law affecting clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, agriculture and outdoor recreation.  


Jared Mott, Conservation Director,, 301-548-0150, ext. 224

Michael Reinemer, Communications Director,, 301-548-0150, ext. 220

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