EPA Proposal Threatens Water Quality

August 15, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed changing the definition of waters of the United States that are subject to pollution protections.  Specifically, smaller streams and wetlands, which are so common to the Northeast and feed into larger bodies of water, would no longer be protected under the Clean Water Act by federal oversight.

AMC is opposed to this change and has submitted comments on the proposed rulemaking.  That letter is linked here for more information.

Protecting water sources is beneficial to everyone and, we would argue, every living thing.

  • headwater streams are critical to downstream drinking water for millions of Americans
  • fish and other aquatic wildlife depend upon unpolluted waters for survival
  • wetlands provide flood control, filtration and habitat for aquatic species

Join in the effort to protect these important headwater streams by submitting your comments to the EPA by September 27 (extended from original deadline of August 28).  You may submit your comments directly using this link: EPA WOTUS.  To personalize your comments and demonstrate your connection to waters in AMC’s region, you can use specific examples of your favorite lakes, streams and bogs and why clean water is important to you.

More information on the proposed rulemaking is available on the federal regulations website.

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Will Callaway

Will is AMC's Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager in our Bethlehem, PA office. He works on federal & state open space funding, energy development, clean air and water policies, and represents AMC in our Mid-Atlantic Highlands conservation efforts. He holds degrees from University of Virginia and University of Michigan and is a lifelong fly fisherman.