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Oppose Weakening the Clean Water Act!

Right now, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to weaken Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands. Submit comments to oppose gutting the Clean Water Act!

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Oppose EPA Efforts to Weaken the Clean Water Act  

 

What can you do? The EPA is accepting comments on its proposed rule to roll back Clean Water Act protections until September 27, 2017. Add your voice in support of clean water and oppose efforts to gut critical protections for our streams and rivers. 

How is the EPA weakening the Clean Water Act? Administrator Pruitt is moving forward with a proposed rule to roll back the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This would leave many small streams and wetlands vulnerable to pollution without protection under the Clean Water Act. Illinois River

Why is this important? If a stream or a wetland is covered under the Clean Water Act, that means that there are specific limits on pollution to protect those waters. The Clean Water Rule restores Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands following two Supreme Court cases.

How to Submit a Comment to the EPA


1. Go directly to the Comment page for the proposed rule.

You can also go to www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203. Click on the blue "Comment Now!" button to the right of the first search result.

2. Write your comment! Consider including some of the key points suggested below. 

For more information about writing comments, review the EPA's Commenter’s checklist. Remember that all comments are public.

  • I oppose the proposed rulemaking, which would weaken protections for small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
  • The science is clear that the health of larger rivers, like the Rogue, depends on the health of smaller headwater streams and wetlands.
  • Shrinking protections for small streams and wetlands leaves them vulnerable to pollution. 
  • Small headwater streams are sources of drinking water in the Rogue: Across the watershed, 154,320 people in Jackson, Josephine, and Curry counties rely on small headwater streams that may flow seasonally or infrequently as a source of their drinking water. This means that almost everyone who relies on a public drinking water system in our watershed relies on these smaller streams that would be vulnerable to pollution.
  • Southern Oregon is also home to unique wetlands that filter pollutants and store floodwaters that would be vulnerable to pollution under this proposed rule. The Agate Desert vernal pools in Jackson County are the only vernal pools in Oregon. These seasonal wetlands store floodwaters, filter out pollutants, and provide habitat for migrating birds.
3. Submit your comment. Click the blue "Continue" button and follow the instructions to submit your comment. 


 

 

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