Earlier this year, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed draft rules that clarify when geographically isolated wetlands and headwater streams are protected under the federal Clean Water Act. The current uncertainty over which waters are protected (due to several controversial Supreme Court decisions) have left nearly 1 million acres of Wisconsin’s wetlands and thousands of miles of headwater streams more vulnerable to development and destruction.
Protection of these waters is crucial for achieving clean water and our swimmable, drinkable, fishable goals. Milwaukee Riverkeeper believes this rule is needed to better protect our nation’s waters–to provide clarity of which waters are protected, and minimize regulatory confusion.
We have worked on technical comments with several Waterkeeper colleagues, and have also signed onto comments from the Great Lakes Healing Our Waters Coalition, which you can read in the attachments below. The agencies are accepting public comment through today, so if you still have energy today, send a quick comment in support of the rule: http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters.