Congress to erode water protections, but EPA clean water rule can move forward

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC  -- Congressional leaders are poised to weaken some Clean Water Act protections in its must-pass spending bill known as the “cromnibus,” but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to restore protections to the nation’s smaller streams and wetlands remains intact. Nathan Weaver, Environment California’s Clean Water Organizer, issued the following statement in response: 

“Californians love and depend upon our waters, from San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Coast. We are very disappointed that polluters and their allies in Congress plan to erode water and wildlife protections in their must-pass spending bill. But thanks to Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and others fighting for clean water every step of the way, EPA can still move forward with its rule to restore protections to more than two thirds of California’s streams and protect the drinking water for 7 million people.”