The Trump administration latest proposal on water protections represents a historic assault on wetlands regulation. The new rule would remove several federal safeguards that have protected millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams nationwide from pesticide runoff and other toxins.
The United States produces large amounts of food—and the increased demand is putting a strain on our water resources. Farming generates considerable freshwater pollution—both through fertilizers as well as pesticides. The new Trump water rule removes many restrictions that prohibited farmers from using land near streams and wetlands. The potential for chemical pesticides and fertilizers to leach into our waterways is certain.
This new rule is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to undo long standing environmental protections. Trump’s environmental policies undo decades of regulations on planet-warming emissions from cars, power plants and oil and gas drilling. Trump’s environmental deregulations give Big Oil the rights to new drill in vast regions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Removing protections to streams and wetlands threatens many endangered species that until now protected wildlife refuges.
The 1972 Clean Water Act, was designed to limit water pollution to our wetlands, streams and large bodies of water and to protect the sources of America’s drinking water.
The new Trump water rule will erase the federal protections for larger bodies of water, the rivers that drain into them, and wetlands that are directly adjacent to those bodies of water. And, the new water rule will strip away protections of “ephemeral” streams—streams where water runs only during or after rainfalls, and of wetlands that are not adjacent to major bodies of water, or connected to such bodies of water by a surface channel of water.
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Environmentalists have denounced the Trump environmental policies as a direct threat to public health. The Trump era environmental regulations will lead to further pollution, ruining our water supply in ways that have not yet been fully realized.
The new rule guts water protections nationwide and limits the protections of the Clean Water Act. The new rule now gives farmers and rural landowners the right to poison our streams and wetlands. Now, real estate developers and golf course owners (industries in which Mr. Trump generates a substantial revenue from) can drill and bulldoze our protected rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.
Don’t let this happen. Join the fight to protect our water.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD - Tell President Trump that United States needs to support the Paris Climate Agreement. Join a community environmental group or organize a neighborhood rally to advocate for renewable energy and sustainable practices in your hometown.
DONATE - Contribute to the Stop Trump Legal Fund to help our more than 500 lawyers, scientists, and policy experts fight back in court against the president’s assault on our air, land, and water.
CALL CONGRESS - Pick up the phone. Tell your representatives to vote against Trump’s anti-environment agenda and for clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.
All water is connected by underground streams, rivers, lakes. All water runs downhill. You can’t control the flow of water, let alone contain it, in the natural world.
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