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What’s at Stake at the Supreme Court?

On October 3, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case called “Sackett v. EPA”, which will determine which waters can and cannot be protected by the Clean Water Act.  If the polluting industries and special interests get what they’ve asked for in the case, it would severely undermine the law by eliminating long-standing safeguards for wetlands that help protect our communities from flooding and streams that supply our drinking water.

It is critical that we continue building on the momentum of the past weeks in the press and on the ground across the country as we head into the anniversary and beyond

Congressional Review Act Attack on the Clean Water Restoration Rule

In late December 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its final Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule. This modest “Clean Water Restoration Rule” ensures that critical waters- from small streams to rivers to wetlands- are protected from unregulated pollution and destruction when they have important downstream effects on water quality

Now, there is an effort in Congress to overturn the new rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which is a legislative tool that allows Congress to invalidate a recently-finalized agency rule and prevent any future administration from issuing a rule that is “substantially the same.” The CRA requires only a majority vote to pass in both chambers, and has expedited procedures that allow it to skip committee consideration and amendments in the Senate.  The CRA is an incredibly blunt and dangerous tool with the potential to eliminate significant environmental and public health protections.  See here for some resources on the CRA:

October 3rd Rally and Day of Action

On October 3rd the Supreme Court heard the case of Sackett v. EPA. Clean Water for All and its partners  gathered at the Court to draw attention to the Sackett case and its implications for people across the country.  See a few key media hits and photos from the rally below:

Clean Water Act 50th

Anniversary – Upstream, Downriver.

American University’s Center for Environmental Policy and Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in partnership with American Rivers and the Clean Water for All Coalition, convened a major Clean Water Act Symposium on September 29, 2022 at American University in Washington, D.C., and produced a film entitled Upstream, Downriver. The film tells the story of the Clean Water Act, its value to the nation, and the water equity challenges ahead.  Clean Water for All will host a virtual screening on October 18th. 

Upcoming Events



House Transportation and Infrastructure Clean Water Act 50th Hearing

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Webinar: Sackett v. EPA Engagement Opportunities Update

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Upstream, Down River: Film and Symposium to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

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Protect Our Waters Day of Action and Rally at SCOTUS

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CWA 50th Screening of Upstream Down River

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