In early 2020 the Trump Administration enacted the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” which rolled back the number of waterways protected by Clean Water Act: including about half the country’s wetlands and millions of miles of streams. Environmentalists nicknamed this the Dirty Water Rule.
The Clean Water Act stipulates, among other things, that companies wishing to discharge pollutants into protected waterways, or fill in protected wetlands, apply for permits. It also enables the imposing of fines when a spill occurs.
There is no science behind removing these waterways and wetlands from protections. In fact, the EPA based the pre-2020 protections on a comprehensive scientific report.
In order to restore the pre-2020 protections, and repeal the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” – the EPA must first host listening sessions. You can submit comments in support of restoring the pre-2020 protects here: https://www.epa.gov/wotus/public-outreach-and-stakeholder-engagement-activities
HURRY! Written comments due Sept 3!
Open Comment Sessions are:
- August 26, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Eastern – Registration
- September 2, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern – Registration
Not sure what to say? A simple letter or statement such as:
“The pre-2020 Clean Water Act regulations were protecting vital waterways and wetlands from damage. They were fulfilling the mandate of the law to restore and maintain our nation’s waters. These regulations were important in ensuring safe and clean water for drinking, farming, and a healthy environment and economy. The science is clear that protecting waterways and wetlands is vital to health and security of communities.
We commend the agencies researching the repeal of this rule. EPA Administrator Regan has acknowledged that the rule “is leading to significant environmental degradation.” Both EPA and the Army Corps have “determined that the rule is significantly reducing clean water protections.” EPA and Corps data show that the vast majority of the streams, wetlands, and other waterbodies evaluated under the rule are being denied Clean Water Act protections.
<insert a personal story about why clean water is important to you>
<tell them if you want them to return to pre-2020 protections (i.e., repeal the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule”) or not>”
Remember, be respectful, direct, and clear.