Proposed Revision to the Clean Water Act Clarifies Determination of Upstream Waters

On May 25th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule under the Clean Water Act to clarify protection for upstream waters that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. These upstream waters are vital to down stream uses and essential to the resiliency and wellbeing of communities throughout the U.S. Families rely on safe water for recreational use. Farmers need clean and abundant water for their crops. Many businesses need a steady supply for daily operations.

According to the EPA, “approximately 117 million people – one in three Americans – get drinking water from public systems that rely in part on these streams.” The protection of these waters today will help ensure that future generations have access to ample and clean aquatic resources.

The agencies are conducting an outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule. Learn more about the proposed changes:

About Justin Snair

Justin serves as a Senior Program Analyst for Critical Infrastructure and Environmental Security at NACCHO. Prior to coming to NACCHO, Justin worked as an environmental health officer for a local heath department in Massachusetts. Twitter: @JustinSnair

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