The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have taken action to ensure that the Clean Water Act continues to protect sensitive headwater streams and wetlands from pollution by releasing a new Clean Water Rule. The new rule needs paddler's support, and American Whitewater encourages you to speak up in support of support clean water!
HOW TO TAKE ACTION!
When commenting, be sure first and foremost to speak personally and share firsthand stories about why clean water is important to you, whether it be about boating, swimming, fishing, drinking water, etc…
Historically, the Clean Water Act protected our nation's headwater streams and wetlands from pollution. Two Supreme Court cases in 2001 and 2006 created uncertainty about which streams and wetlands the Clean Water Act protects. This uncertainty affects over 60% of streams and millions of acres of wetlands across the country. Not only are these the streams that we boat on (and swim in), but this is where 1 in 3 Americans get their drinking water.
In 2014, the EPA and Army Corps proposed the Clean Water Protection Rule to affirm protections of these streams and wetlands. As this rule makes its way through the public process, some in Congress are doing all they can to delay or stop the rule completely. If they succeed, these sensitive streams and wetlands will remain at continued risk.
WHY PROTECTING HEADWATER STREAMS MATTERS
ABOUT THE CLEAN WATER PROTECTION RULE
For more information, visit EPA's website about the proposed rule.
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