Protect the Waters of the U.S.

Overview

Protect the Waters of the U.S.

On September 3rd, The American Sustainable Business Council and over 100 business leaders called on the EPA to reverse the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (also known as the Dirty Water Rule) and replace it with one based in science and that is in line with the Clean Water Act. The rule narrowed the definition of what is considered Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act, leaving thousands of stream miles, many public recreational lakes, and millions of wetland acres without the protections that have been in place for decades. Fortunately, in a separate move that same week, a federal court in Arizona vacated the rule nationally after finding it would have caused significant harm to the nation’s waters if left in place.

The fight is not over. Industry groups representing large polluters are expected to appeal the Arizona decision, and the Biden administration still needs to implement a replacement rule. The EPA and Army Corps are expected to announce the next step of the process later this Fall or Winter. 

Add your voice to the hundreds of businesses that support a science-based Waters of the United States Rule that protects our nation’s waterways and local economies. 

Read the comment sent by nearly 100 business leaders on 9/3/2021 to the EPA requesting a speedy repeal of the Dirty Water Rule