That’s why it’s such great news today that EPA has released the finalized and much anticipated Clean Water Rule (aka the rule formerly known as WOTUS). The rule clarifies what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act and restores protections for many of the two million stream miles that have been at-risk from pollution and destruction ever since a set of Court cases muddied things up.
There’s broad support for the clean water rule – over 80% of Americans polled were supportive. In addition to a long public comment period, EPA has listened to communities all around the country, making adjustments to the rule to make it as clear as possible.
Fifth graders like my daughter know what the robust science shows – upstream waters (whether it’s a first, second or third order stream or a wetland) and downstream waters are connected in many ways.
So, read it for yourself and take the time to celebrate and thank the Administration for their work to protect clean drinking water for us all.