The 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule, clarifies that protection of our waterways extends to the streams and wetlands that feed these waterways, enabling the Clean Water Act to attain its goals of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of America’s waters.
A presidential Executive Order directs the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to propose a rule that will rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule.
Tell the EPA to oppose a repeal or revision of the rule. Public comment will be accepted through August 28. COMMENT NOW
Here is a sample comment:
I oppose the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to rescind or revise the 2015 Clean Water Rule.
The Clean Water Rule clarifies that protection of our waterways extends to tributaries and wetlands that feed these waterways, thereby enabling the Clean Water Act to attain its goal: to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of America’s waters.
Healthy wetlands and tributary streams provide clean drinking water, and essential habitat for the fish and wildlife that contribute to our ecosystem and to our outdoor economy.
Water knows no boundaries. Your own drinking water in Washington, D.C., flows downstream from wetlands and headwaters in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Consistent protection from pollution is needed across states. Why should one state bear the health, habitat and economic consequences of another state’s actions?
I ask the Administration to withdraw its proposal, and allow the Clean Water Rule to continue to perform its critical functions for our country. The health of our waterways depends significantly on what happens upstream.
Learn more about the proposed rule here: EPA Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation