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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 pools, and other waterways. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers, streams, and wetlands across the country without any study of the effects on endangered wildlife. The weakened ...


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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 was passed in recognition of the fact that we should not be using our waterways as sewers, but incredibly, primarily due to outdated infrastructure, sewage spills still occur regularly around ...


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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. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a new regulation that would remove historically protected rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and other waters from protection under the Clean Water Act, a law which gave us the legal framework ...


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Yuba River Waterkeeper Fights for Clean Water Act Protections

By Ashley Overhouse, River Policy Manager at South Yuba River Citizens League In February, Nevada Irrigation District used a recent federal court ruling to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to waive safe water quality legal requirements for its Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project. They are the first water district in the nation to use this ...


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 rulemaking that would accelerate the extinction of more than 75 endangered species and remove Clean Water Act protections from millions of miles of waterways. In comparison, the Obama administration provided ...


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 the Clean Water Act, undermining federal law and stripping states of their ability to approve or deny projects that will impact their communities and waterways. The Clean Water Act was ...


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, would be disastrous for our waterways, removing safeguards from historically protected rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and other waters. Just as a child with the flu can infect ...


Clean Water Act Rollbacks Threaten Upper Potomac Watershed

Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, bought a new Hyundai Tucson in 2012, which he mostly uses for work. Since then, he’s put almost 300,000 miles on it. That’s how big the watershed is. The Upper Potomac watershed spans more than 6,000 square miles and covers four states: West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. “The states ...


Protect Puget Sound Against Clean Water Act Rollbacks

By Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper & Executive Director The waters of Puget Sound aren’t just my profession, or my passion—they are my life. And just as rivers shape our land, local waters have shaped me. I grew up digging for clams in Sequim Bay. I learned how to swim in Hood Canal. I earned my ...


Defend Missouri’s Maramec Spring Against Clean Water Act Rollbacks

Maramec Spring is the center of a popular Missouri park, with 1,860 acres of forests and fields, and a well-attended annual Kids’ Fishing Day, where children angle for stocked brown trout. As much as Maramec Spring is a part of people’s modern life outside St. Louis, its 310-square-mile watershed also illustrates the ancient story of ...