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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 tune when states use their power to stand up to powerful polluters. Trump’s EPA just released a proposed rule that would effectively take away a powerful Clean Water Act tool that states have ...


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

By Aaron Zoellick, WKC legal intern. Reposted with permission from Waterkeepers Chesapeake.   You should not dive into a pool before checking if it is filled with water. States should not make a CWA §401 permit granting decision before they have all of the relevant facts. The EPA disagrees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently ...


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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 ...


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Stop A Massive Clean Water Act Loophole!

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 moving forward with this and has released an interpretation of the Act that would let known polluters off the hook and even create incentives for companies to pollute more. ...


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

Written by Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper. Reposted with permission from Riverkeeper.  As New York recommits to clean water, EPA blindly pursues the president’s destructive deregulatory agenda. Donald Trump once claimed to be “a very big person when it comes to the environment.” What Trump is doing to the Clean Water Act and other key environmental laws does indeed exceed all ...


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 ...


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 40 percent of California. Half of California’s surface water supply falls as rain or snow within the watershed, frequently as “ephemeral” or intermittent streams, creeks, and marshes that flow with the ...


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 longest river, are small streams in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The river traverses 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. By swiping and zooming, you can see how a proposed Clean ...