Stand up for the Clean Water Act
Small streams, headwaters, and wetlands need the protection of the Clean Water Act,
America’s bedrock water program.
CLEAN WATER AND
The Waters of the U.S. Rule under the Clean Water Act protects small streams, headwaters, and wetlands that are critical to a healthy and functioning water system. But the Supreme Court sharply limited its applicability to adjacent wetlands.
This ruling lacks common sense: If we pollute upstream, we put downstream waters at risk.
Millions of acres of wetlands could lose Clean Water Act protection under this ruling. How the EPA responds will be critical for maintaining protections for the small streams and headwaters critical to the heathy watersheds that provide clean drinking waters, flood mitigation, fish habitat, and water for agriculture.
We need your help in defending the Clean Water Act.
Join Trout Unlimited in speaking up on behalf of this landmark law, the rivers and streams we care so much about, and the watersheds we are working so hard to conserve.
More on the importance of the Clean Water Act
We’re back on Clean Water Act defense, TU.org, March 2023
EPA decision sets the right course for small streams, TU press release, December 2022
On tap: A stronger Clean Water Act, TU vice president for Government Affairs Steve Moyer, December 2021
Federal court declares 2020 rule illegal, TU president and CEO Chris Wood, September 2021
Up to 56% of stream miles would lose protection under the 2020 rule, TU in Freshwater Science, March 2021
Rule Weakens the Nation’s Clean Water Efforts, New York Times, February 2020
Help defend the Clean Water Act, clean water, and healthy fisheries.