Tell the EPA that You Support Clean Water Protections

Trout Creek after Hemlock Dam

Over one-third of Americans rely upon small streams like this one for their drinking water supply.

What happens upstream, in small streams and wetlands, affects downstream rivers, lakes, and beaches where we swim and fish. Small streams are the source for much of the water in our rivers. They provide critical habitat and filter out pollutants. Wetlands act like a sponge to store floodwaters and recharge groundwater supplies. Yet, today these critical upstream waters are not fully protected by the Clean Water Act.

Despite thirty years of comprehensive protections under the law, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 made it unclear whether these small streams and wetlands were still protected. This leaves the small streams and wetlands that contribute to the drinking water of 117 million Americans vulnerable to pollution.

How Can You Help?

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward to close these loopholes and reduce uncertainty by improving the existing regulations. Make your voice heard and let the EPA and the Army Corps know that you support these improvements to better protect clean water.

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