Jon Devine, NRDC: “While today’s decision may extend the timeline for litigation over the rule, the good news is that it should put the Clean Water Rule back into effect widely, ensuring clear and strong protections for our nation’s waters.”
Jennifer Peters, Clean Water Action: “There is no excuse for EPA and the Army Corps to continue delaying protecting streams, wetlands, and our drinking water from polluters. The Trump administration should do what any responsible administration would do ─ implement the Clean Water Rule wherever possible and vigorously defend it in the federal district courts. This would provide clarity to stakeholders across the nation while ensuring that the drinking water for 1 in 3 of us is protected.
Colin O’Mara, National Wildlife Federation: “We urge the Trump administration to protect clean water and create certainty for stakeholders by swiftly moving to defend and implement the smart, targeted protections of the rule. The Clean Water Rule is still the law of the land and is still the best way to protect our nation’s waters, while respecting private property rights. We will continue to fight to defend clean water in the courts, the agencies, and in Congress.”
Chris Wood, TRCP: “Clean water is the most basic requirement of trout and salmon, and the people who fish for them. Gravity works cheap, and it never takes a day off. To be effective, the Clean Water Act must be able to require permits for polluting activities in headwaters and wetlands that flow downstream through communities to our major lakes, rivers and bays. The Clean Water Rule is based on well-established science, legal precedent and reasonable exemptions for agricultural producers as land stewards, and we expect the courts will eventually uphold its substance.”