The Clean Water Rule (aka the Waters of the United States, or “WOTUS”) was added to the Clean Water Act in 2015 to clarify which waters were protected under the Clean Water Act of 1972. It protects tributaries (streams that feed rivers) and wetlands, and protects drinking water for millions of Americans.
The new administration signed an executive order this past February to review and propose a repeal of the Clean Water Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that they are starting this process and the amended rule should be out any day now.
Healthy wetlands, rivers, bays, lakes, and streams are vital to the environment, economy, recreation, and clean drinking water.
Learn more about the Clean Water Rule and how you can help at cleanwater.org.