WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an important rule that restores Clean Water Act protections for many streams, wetlands, and other waters of the U.S. and also better protects the drinking water supply. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“The Clean Water Act is a quintessential environmental law that will be made even better by proposed protections for one of our most precious natural resources. Closing the gaps in these protections will safeguard hundreds of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands that are vital to the overall health of America’s waterways.
“We’re glad to see that millions of environmental, community, public health, labor, and business voices to protect clean water have been heard. It’s never been more important to employ common-sense tools like this so that we can protect public health and the environment and strengthen the economy. We look forward to working together to see this important rule through to finalization.”