by Alicia Claire Lloyd
Take action by signing the 1Mississippi’s “Repel the Repeal” petition here and support the Clean Water Rule!
The Trump Administration has started the process to repeal the Clean Water Protection Rule, often called “WOTUS” in reference to its attempt to clarify what constitutes a “water of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The rule, finalized by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015 after considering feedback from over 400 public meetings and more than 1,000,000 public comment letters, has been targeted for repeal by polluters. As part of the Administration’s attempts to undermine environmental protections and the EPA, the agencies have proposed to rescind the rule.
By clearly spelling out what constitutes “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, the rule provides clarity, efficiency, and cleaner water by better defining which rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands the Act protects while maintaining existing agricultural exemptions. The rule provides certainty regarding who is regulated for pollution controls and who is not. It is based on a vast body of scientific literature that recognizes the vital connections between smaller streams and wetlands and downstream waters. It also presents the opportunity to tell the agencies to fully protect waters that are often wrongly written off as “isolated,” but that science shows provide important functions.