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Environmental Rollbacks Won’t Revive the Economy


Re: The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List, The New York Times When Richard Nixon vetoed the Clean Water...

Tell Congress: Don’t let EPA weaken the Clean Water Act!


By Anna Maria Stebbins, Advocacy Legal Intern Our waterways are in trouble. A new regulation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency will...

Lake Worth Waterkeeper, Partners, Sue in Response to Massive Clean Water Act Rollback


In case you missed it: Waterkeeper Alliance and eleven U.S. Waterkeeper Organizations, including Lake Worth Waterkeeper, joined last month with several...

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Clean Water Act Protections


Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for...

“Navigable Water Protection Rule” Guarantees Widespread Pollution of our Nation’s Waters


Reversing more than 40 years of progress and settled law, on January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps announced a new regulation...

Yadkin Riverkeeper Addresses Misinformation on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Replacement Rule


By Yadkin Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Yadkin Riverkeeper. With last week’s release of the new rule changes to the Clean Water Act, there...

Narrow Definition of Waters Covered Under the Clean Water Act Puts All Our Waters at Risk


The Trump administration’s new unscientific, illegal, narrowed definition of waterways protected by the Clean Water Act is a threat to waterways throughout...

Trump Administration Announces Its Most Destructive Attack on the Clean Water Act


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Trump administration’s most environmentally destructive...

Public Interest Groups Sue EPA to Curb Slaughterhouse Pollution


EPA’s Decision Not to Update Pollution Standards Allows Slaughterhouses to Continue Discharging Unhealthy Amounts of Pollution into the Nation’s Waterways...

A Pivotal Year For Clean Water


In 2019 we saw monumental attacks on federal clean water protections. The Trump administration is advancing plans to eliminate Clean Water Act protections...

Waters of the United States under the Trump admiistration.

Gulf and South Atlantic Waterkeepers Respond to Federal Clean Water Act Rollbacks

  • By: Julia Widmann
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Across the Gulf and South Atlantic regions of the US, Waterkeepers responded to the EPA rollbacks of Clean Water Act protections with creative, informative,...

Tell EPA Administrator Wheeler: We Need a Strong Clean Water Act

  • By: Waterkeeper Alliance
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Tell EPA Administrator Wheeler to stand up for a strong Clean Water Act Forty-seven years ago on October 18, 1972, the Clean Water Act was signed into...

Waterkeeper Groups Across United States Oppose Rollback of States’ Rights


Proposed revisions to Clean Water Act would hamstring states’ ability to protect their waters Waterkeeper Alliance and 148 Waterkeeper groups today submitted...

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Protecting the Bay from Trump’s EPA

  • By: San Francisco Baykeeper
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By Sejal Choksi-Chugh, originally published in the October 2019 edition of Bay Crossings, reposted with permission from San Francisco Baykeeper The Trump...

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Tell EPA: Let states protect their waterways!


The Trump administration claims to be all about giving states greater freedom and responsibility. However, the administration suddenly sings a very different...

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways


The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal...

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Our Waterways Aren’t Sewers – Let’s Stop Treating Them That Way


For hundreds of years, our waterways were disposal sites for garbage and human waste, leading to devastating impacts on U.S. waters. The Clean Water Act...

the first Riverkeeper. He used environmental law to stop polluters on the Hudson.

Twenty Years of Waterkeeper Alliance: How the Waterkeeper Movement Shaped and Was Shaped by U.S. Environmental Law

  • By: Guest Contributor
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By Karl Coplan. This post originally appeared on the blog of the American College of Environmental Lawyers at www.acoel.org. In the late 1980s, when I...

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Tell your Governor – Protect our state’s waters!


The Trump administration is implementing a dangerous effort to eliminate national protections for waters—and communities—across the country. The U.S....

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EPA Is Eroding States’ Authority to Protect Waters from Unchecked Development

  • By: Waterkeepers Chesapeake
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By Aaron Zoellick, WKC legal intern. Reposted with permission from Waterkeepers Chesapeake.   You should not dive into a pool before checking if it...

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Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways from Slaughterhouse Pollution


Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update slaughterhouse wastewater...

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Yuba River Waterkeeper Fights for Clean Water Act Protections

  • By: Guest Contributor
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By Ashley Overhouse, River Policy Manager at South Yuba River Citizens League In February, Nevada Irrigation District used a recent federal court ruling...

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Stop A Massive Clean Water Act Loophole!

  • By: Larissa Liebmann
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A year ago, we warned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering creating a massive loophole in the Clean Water Act. EPA is now...

LAST CALL! The Clean Water Act Depends on You


UPDATE: The Trump administration denied our request to extend the WOTUS comment period, giving us only 60 days to express our fierce opposition to this...

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Willful failure: The Trump administration hits a new low on environmental enforcement

  • By: Paul Gallay
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Written by Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Riverkeeper.  As New York recommits to clean water, EPA blindly...

Trump’s Executive Order Undermines States’ Rights


President Trump plans today to sign an executive order that attempts to limit states’ role in approving permits required for oil and gas projects under...

Texas Could Prevent Future ITC Fires With Vigorous Enforcement

  • By: Bayou City Waterkeeper
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Written by Bayou City Waterkeeper Executive Director & Waterkeeper Jordan Macha and Legal Director Kristen Schlemmer. Reposted with permission from...

Speak up now to save Clean Water Act protections!


The last chance to comment on a Trump administration proposal that would gut the Clean Water Act is April 15. The proposal, which has no basis in science,...

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How the New Trump Rule Would Harm San Francisco Bay


San Francisco Bay’s watershed stretches from the granite tips of the Sierra Nevada to the Golden Gate, covering almost 60,000 square miles and nearly...

Interactive Map: How Trump Proposal Endangers Rio Grande Basin


A vast sub-basin of the Rio Grande could lose Clean Water Act protections under Trump proposal The headwaters of the Rio Grande, the nation’s third...