Hot Topic: Rolling Back Clean Water Protections
In 2015, a new law was proposed to help ensure drinking water protections needed by 117 million Americans. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the Clean Water Rule to clarify which water bodies are covered under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Unfortunately, our current administration is considering weakening protections for our nation’s waters by repealing the 2015 Clean Water Rule.
The 2015 Clean Water Rule expanded water bodies covered under the Clean Water Act to include things like:
- Neighboring waters: water bodies within the 100-year floodplain or within 100 ft of the ordinary high water mark.
- Waters with a significant nexus: water bodies or wetlands shown to by hydrologically connected to a stream, such as by underground flow.
- Tributaries: small streams flowing into a larger water body covered by the CWA.
One in three Americans relies on drinking water from streams that lacked clear protection before the Clean Water Rule. It’s unclear how these people will be protected if these rules are rescinded. We need you to speak up in support of the Clean Water Rule to help protect all Americans.
More Ways ICL Protects Water
We are working hard to protect Idaho waters throughout the state.
- What’s up with the Weiser River?
- Protecting the Clark Fork Delta and Lake Pend Oreille
- Keeping water in the rivers
- Keeping groundwater clean for your drinking water
- Promoting Boise’s clean water and open space
What You Can Do
Become a member today and protect the Idaho lakes and streams that you love!