Waters of the United States- Clean Water Act



EPA's new "Waters of the United States" rule will protect rivers and streams


The EPA has proposed a new "Waters of the United States" rule establishing protections for streams and rivers across the country. The rule restores Clean Water Act coverage for small streams, headwaters, and wetlands that are critical to a healthy and functioning water system


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This proposed rule is rooted in the idea that science should guide our decisions about what waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. In developing it, the EPA is listening to a broad group of constituents-tribes, farmers, conservationists, foresters, local communities-with the goal of finally getting this right.


Healthy headwaters are key to the conservation work TU does and to the valuable fisheries that sustain communities across the nation. This new policy will safeguard these critical waters for years to come.

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