Clean Water for All
People care deeply about clean water. Our rivers, bays, lakes, and streams are vital to a healthy environment and a vibrant economy, and provide endless opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, and other recreation. Above all, we need clean, safe drinking water to live.
Americans did not vote in 2016 to undermine basic protections for clean water. Public support for the issue remains high and people are more aware than they have been in years to the notion that safe, clean water is not a given, but very much under threat.
While President Trump has expressed his support for crystal clean water, the Administration and Congress seem bent on undoing federal clean water protections. For example:
The executive order that started the process of withdrawing the Clean Water Rule, which protects drinking water sources for one in three people in this country
Major cuts to the EPA’s in the President’s budget proposal and expected cuts in various Congressional appropriations bills, particularly in the area of enforcement, which will seriously hamper every state’s ability to keep its waters safe and clean.
Harmful policy riders attached to must-pass legislation, such as annual appropriations bills or debt ceiling legislation.
Executive orders and bills in Congress that aim to cripple agencies’ authority to adopt new safeguards, such as President Trump’s unlawful and dangerous order directing agencies to repeal two regulations for any new one adopted.
What is the Clean Water Rule All About?
The Clean Water Rule protects the sources of drinking water for more than 117 millions Americans.
The Clean Water Rule safeguards millions of acres of wetlands that filter pollutants and protect communities by absorbing floodwaters.
The Clean Water Rule brings us one step closer to our nation’s goal of swimable, fishable, drinkable water for all Americans.
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Learn More About Why the Clean Water Rule is Important to Sportsmen, Small Businesses, and Public Health
Dear Administrator Pruitt:
On behalf of our millions of supporters, we write to provide our perspective on your avowed intention to eliminate the important federal safeguards included in the 2015 Clean Water Rule — a process initiated when President Trump signed Executive Order 13,778 on February 28. We seek your commitment to carry out any such rulemaking in a way that is at least as deliberate, inclusive, and protective of vital waterways as the Clean Water Rule process was and that is based in sound science.
In contrast to the extensive and inclusive process that led to the Clean Water Rule, the administration reportedly plans a hasty rulemaking without meaningful public participation. We are dismayed by reports that the agency intends to provide very little time for stakeholder engagement before proposing to undermine the Clean Water Rule’s protections and for official public comment on the proposal. And we especially fear the damage that a final rule would inflict on the nation’s waterways if, as Executive Order 13,778 forecasts, it relies on a legal test that a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court rejected and that would weaken the federal rules so that they protect fewer resources than they have in several decades.