Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

An aerial view of wetlands in St. Lawrence County, New York. Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) New York.

The Trump Administration recently finalized a rule that removes protections on waterbodies across the country. Trump’s new rule, “Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” rolls back crucial components of the Obama administration’s 2015 rule, “Waters of the United States” and the 1972 Clean Water Act. The decision ignores science and guts environmental safeguards, such as limiting the discharge of pollutants like pesticides and herbicides into waterways and protecting wetlands from development. As a result, millions of miles of streams and wetlands will be left without protections, including those critical to drinking water systems and fisheries.

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