In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to roll back the Waters of the United States Rule, a 2015 rule that expanded the bodies of water covered by federal environmental protection laws under the Clean Water Act. The rule extended the environmental protections already provided to large, navigable bodies of water to the smaller waters that flow into them, like rivers, streams, and wetlands. The Obama-era rule was designed to clarify conflicting court rulings. Repealing the rule was a Trump campaign promise.
Ending the Waters of the United States Rule removes Clean Water Act protections from water sources that supply drinking water to one in three Americans to provide regulatory breaks to big corporations. As the Environmental Law and Policy Center noted, “Rollback of clean water standards rejects years of work building stakeholder input and scientific data support, and it imperils the progress for safe clean drinking water in the Midwest.” Supporters of the Waters of the United States Rule also worry that this is the first step in a broader attempt to gut the Clean Water Act as part of the Trump Administration’s pro-business, anti-environment agenda.
As we have too frequently seen, state and local jurisdictions do not always adequately protect and maintain water sources, and federal protection is needed to ensure that the water that families, communities, and businesses depend on remains clean and safe from pollution.
Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.
I’m calling to oppose the EPA’s planned rollback of the Waters of the United States Rule. Ensuring clean water for all Americans is a national priority that requires federal support, and it is irresponsible to end a rule that protects 1 in 3 Americans’ drinking water sources. I urge [SEN/REP NAME] to fight against the elimination of the Waters of the United States Rule.
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