Take Action to Protect Small Streams & Wetlands Today
- Background on WOTUS
- Ways to Take Action:
In December 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army proposed a revised definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that seeks to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The Act, however, would remove protections from many small streams and wetlands. We are asking the EPA to reconsider this risky rule and keep the Clean Water Act in tact, in order to protect the health of Missouri communities and the waterways that we love. The proposed rule:
Increases flood risks by stripping protections from at least 51% of wetlands in the U.S.
Threatens drinking water for over 2 million Missourians by removing protections for small streams
Ignores the voice of nearly 1.5 million Americans who wrote in to support the Clean Water Rule and oppose rolling back critical protections for clean water
1. Submit a Written Comment Directly to EPA:
Submit a written comment directly to EPA opposing the new WOTUS defintion. The 60-day comment period ends on April 15, 2019. Please feel free to use as much or as little of MCE's public petition language below as inspiration. Send EPA your comment HERE.
The more ways that EPA hears directly from concerned individuals like you, the better, so we encourage you to consider attending the hearing in person or writing to EPA directly.