The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just proposed to undo the Dirty Water Rule—the harmful Trump administration policy that gutted Clean Water Act protections for vital streams and wetlands. The EPA must act quickly to undo the Dirty Water Rule and then work to restore strong protections to all of our water. Send a comment to EPA today!
The Dirty Water Rule gave oil and gas companies, developers, and the mining industry a greenlight to pollute and destroy streams and wetlands across the country. Under this rule, thousands of waters have been denied protection, including wetlands and impermantly flowing streams, which provide invaluable ecosystem “services” that benefit communities.These waters feed drinking water sources, prevent and minimize flooding, and even filter out pollution that can cause toxic algae outbreaks.
EPA’s proposal is a step in the right direction, but the agency must do more to ensure that all wetlands and streams have full protection under the Clean Water Act. The Mississippi, the Colorado, the Delaware and all of our nation’s majestic rivers are only as clean as the smaller streams that flow into them.
Protecting our families and neighbors from water pollution and flooding is something everyone should support. Yet the industries that benefit financially from polluting our water are already pushing back against this commonsense proposal.
We need your voice to win strong Clean Water Act protections. Tell EPA to protect clean water today!