What is the Clean Water Rule?

The Clean Water Rule is simple.

It’s a commonsense safeguard supported by a majority of public that protects the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans.

It ensures that millions of acres of wetlands, which are vital parts of our water infrastructure that absorb floodwaters, filter pollutants, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife, are protected from destruction.

It puts people and public health before polluter profits.

The Clean Water Rule is critical

We all live downstream. So what happens upstream – if a small mountain stream or wetland is destroyed – can impact everyone else – people, fish, wildlife – downstream. The Clean Water Rule ensures that polluters are held accountable for polluting or destroying vital streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water.

Nearly 45 years after the Clean Water Act was passed, many of our nation’s rivers, streams, lakes and bays are still not safe for swimming or fishing. We need to be doing more, not less, to rein in harmful polluting industries like industrial agriculture, oil and gas operations, and mining. The Clean Water Rule is essential to meeting our national goals to make all water swimable, fishable, and drinkable.

The Clean Water Rule makes sure that polluters don’t get a free pass to cause real, direct harm to public health and the environment, while raking in huge profits. It is backed by science, supported by cities and towns throughout the nation, small businesses like breweries and outdoor recreation companies, and the vast majority of Americans.




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