In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule on May 27, 2015 to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.
Protection for about 60 percent of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands has been confusing and complex as the result of Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The Clean Water Rule protects streams and wetlands that are scientifically shown to have the greatest impact on downstream water quality.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are ensuring that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined, more predictable, easier for businesses and industry to understand, and consistent with the law and the latest science.
Learn more about this important new Rule at the EPA’s website and how it can help protect our streams and wetlands.