Restoring Clean Water

For the last 10 years, Clean Water Act protections have been chipped away by confusing Court decisions and inefficient guidance that requires EPA staff to show over and over again what we know – that small streams are connected to big rivers!

That’s why today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to better protect our small streams and wetlands is long overdue, smart policy to protect clean water.

This revised guidance recognizes the importance of our “green grid” for clean, drinking water and provides a consistent approach to determining whether a stream falls under the critical safeguards of the Clean Water Act, or is instead vulnerable to unfettered pollution and destruction. Despite attempts in Congress to attack clean water, this policy is now moving forward and will help strengthen the effectiveness of the Act and improve protection for our Nation’s waters.

Today the Administration took a critical step to protecting and restoring clean water for millions of Americans.  With events in Milwaukee and Washington, the Administration is making clear that protecting clean water is a priority from its Urban Waters Initiative to its America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.  Today, this guidance reaffirms critical protections to the small streams and wetlands that are vital to the health of our nation’s rivers and the protection of our safe, clean drinking water supplies.