Any day now the EPA will release massive proposed rollbacks to ‘Waters of the United States’ which define where the Clean Water Act applies, a law that has been protecting our right to swim, drink, and fish in public waters since 1972.
The proposed rollbacks would gut existing protections for small streams, and dramatically chop protections for wetlands we rely on to naturally filter out pollution and provide a buffer from flooding. In the wake of devastating flooding, any proposal that would create more harm to our communities must be stopped.
If the EPA succeeds in its effort to undermine the Clean Water Act and the environment the agency is charged with protecting, as much as 49,000 miles of North Carolina streams and millions of acres of wetlands would be subject to unregulated pollution discharges and even wholesale destruction. The threat from this proposal to our drinking water, valuable wetland ecosystems, and fisheries can not be overstated.