Strengthening Clean Water Protections

Clean Water is working to ensure that small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act’s pollution control programs.  The Clean Water Rule restores safeguards to most streams and wetlands and protects the drinking water sources for more than 117 million people.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Administration’s Clean Water Act Attack

“Today’s decision affirms that rule of law, not politics, must dictate how regulatory decisions are made,” said Jennifer Peters, Clean Water Action’s National Water Programs director. “The Clean Water Rule was adopted with tremendous public support, a fact the Trump administration cannot brazenly ignore. The Administration should immediately scrap its plan to strip critical Clean Water Act protections for certain streams and wetlands and instead ensure all our nation's waters are safeguarded from harmful pollution.”  

Senate protects water by rejecting the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

"This is a big win for our water. Invasive species like Zebra Mussels jeopardize the health of our waters, damage our infrastructure, and impact businesses across the nation -- costing our economy billions of dollars annually."

From We All Live Downstream

EPA office building
September 26, 2019

Today, in a blatant political attack, Andrew Wheeler told California that the state  “needs to fulfill its obligation to protect its water bodies and, more importantly, public health."

That’s rich coming from the head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
September 19, 2019

Today EPA announced “See a bloom, give it room”, a contest for high school students to make a video that “promotes awareness of harmful algal blooms” and “how to spot and steer clear of them.” It doesn’t mention what EPA should be doing to stop them.

srl pipeline construction
August 9, 2019

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its latest attack on the Clean Water Act and protections for our water and communities. Don’t worry if you’ve lost count -- this is the third or fourth this year -- and more are coming

What did EPA propose?