Protect the San Pedro River
In 2020, the Trump administration issued its “Dirty Water Rule,” which cut millions of streams and wetlands out of the safeguards guaranteed by the Clean Water Act. By excluding them from the definition of “Waters of the U.S,” the Trump rule left precious water resources vulnerable to polluting industries. In Arizona’s Upper San Pedro watershed, modeling showed that nearly 94 percent of all wetlands and flowlines would lose protection under this rule, which omitted small, headwater, seasonal and intermittent streams. This omission makes it easier for industries to pollute these waterways without consequences while allowing large construction projects to proceed around these waters without U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits.
The Dirty Water Rule allows for the rampant pollution of the very sources of many of our rivers and streams, including the San Pedro, and negatively impacts downstream waters. The Biden administration is currently deciding how best to repair this damage and restore protections to waters across the country. We need your help. The Corps and EPA must issue a more robust, science-based rule that clearly defines the waters that receive protection under the Clean Water Act. This is the way to protect all of our nation’s waters and stop the degradation of treasured places like the San Pedro.
Please urge the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore and strengthen Clean Water Act protections for waters like the San Pedro River!