Protecting Streams and Wetlands
December 2018 — the Trump administration proposes its Dirty Water Rule
The Dirty Water Rule, if finalized, will strip Clean Water Act protections from all rain-dependent streams. That’s at least 18% of stream miles nationwide. It will also remove protections from at least 51% of wetlands across the country.
The Rule could get even worse for our water. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have invited comment on whether the Dirty Water Rule should also wipe out safeguards for intermittent or seasonal streams. The Agencies have also asked if the final Rule should exclude wetlands with a hydrologic, but no surface connection to other waters from Clean Water Act protections.
Bottom line: the Dirty Water Rule is bad for our water, our health, and our communities. Coalition experts are digging into the rule. We’ll update the page with more information, fact sheets, and other resources as we learn more.
Take action to stop the Dirty Water Rule!
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Learn more about the 2015 Clean Water Rule
- June 5th, 2018 — Groups tell the House to Reject the Dirty Water Rider attached to HR 5895
- 116 Groups tell Congress to Reject the Dirty Water Rider
- Learn more about the dirty water rider Congress wants to pass to let Scott Pruitt ignore the law while he guts commonsense protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water
- Read the Community Letter Opposing EPA’s Proposed Delay of the Clean Water Rule
- Read our letter asking EPA to extend the comment period on its proposal to delay the effective date of the Clean Water Rule
- Read the letter outdoor and sportsmen organizations submitted asking EPA to extend the comment period on its proposal to delay the effective date of the Clean Water Rule
- Read comments from outdoor and recreation groups submitted in response to EPA’s proposal to delay the Clean Water Rule
- Read comments from NWF submitted in response to EPA’s proposal to delay the Clean Water Rule
- Read about the missing science at the House Science Committee hearing on the Clean Water Rule by Jennifer Peters from Clean Water Action
- Read about the truth behind the attacks on the Clean Water Rule by Jon Devine from NRDC
- Learn more about the rollback of the Clean Water Rule
- Read the letter urging EPA to engage in a comprehensive and robust process for its current Clean Water Rule rulemaking
Learn more about the Clean Water Rule – visit the EPA Web archive here.
Ken Kopocis, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency testifies about the Clean Water Rule in front on the House Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment Hearing on November 29th, 2017