Protect Our Wetlands and Streams!
Help Shape EPA Rules in Your Community
For more than four decades, the Clean Water Act has protected our country’s interconnected system of waters from pollution. But in recent years, two Supreme Court cases created uncertainty about whether small wetlands and seasonal streams deserve the full protection of clean water rules as “waters of the United States.” Even though one in three Americans—more than 117 million people—get their drinking water from sources fed by small and seasonal streams, the Supreme Court told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they needed to clearly define which of these bodies of water are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

This past spring, the EPA issued a draft rule that would provide that clarity, protecting streams and wetlands that connect to larger watersheds and ensuring the quality of the water that we depend on for drinking, washing, swimming and fishing. Find out more about the rule here! (Or download the document at the bottom of this page.)

You can help shape EPA protections for water in your community by sending in your comments today!

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Peter Bakken,
Oct 16, 2014, 11:37 AM