Trump Administration Clean Water Rule Repeal Threatens Water Quality

Pipeline Projects Will Face Fewer Obstacles

Washington, DC (June 28, 2017) By starting the process of repealing the Clean Water Rule yesterday, the Trump Administration put the sources of drinking water for more than 117 million Americans at greater risk, along with the streams and wetlands that filter pollution and provide habitat for wildlife. 1 of 3 Americans source at least some of their drinking water from streams and wetlands.

“The Administration’s decision to repeal essential clean water protections is starkly at odds with what the overwhelming majority of Americans want” said Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks. “Americans want clean water and healthy streams and rivers.’

The Waters of the US Rule helps to define which rivers, streams, lakes and marshes fall under protection by the Clean Water Act.  Repealing the rule exposes these critical areas to a range of threats from the oil and gas industry. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, for example, would cross over a thousand streams, many of which could be damaged or destroyed without federal protection.

“The streams and wetlands the Clean Water Rule was written to protect are essential for drinking water and the natural infrastructure that small businesses and communities rely on – particularly those that depend on recreation, hunting and fishing for jobs and tourist dollars” says Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Mark Frondorf.

“We should be doing more, not less, to protect clean water from polluters and pipeline projects” said Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Brent Walls, who is currently fighting a TransCanada fracked gas pipeline that would go under the Potomac River if approved. “Clean water isn’t a partisan issue. So, who is this Administration listening to?

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2017

Contact: Nathan Ackerman

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network fights pollution in the Shenandoah River and the Potomac River through grassroots and legal advocacy.