Rule clarifying the Clean Water Act is now open for public comment

Children jump into one of the Great Lakes on a summer's day. Photo credit: Karen Bunker.

Children jump into one of the Great Lakes on a summer’s day. Protecting our waters that enjoyed historic protection under the Clean Water Act is critical to keeping our Great Lakes clean and healthy. Photo credit: Karen Bunker.

The Waters of the United States rule was published in the federal register today beginning the 90-day public comment period. The draft rule, first announced by the Obama Administration on March 25, has been issued to clarify confusion and uncertainty surrounding the enforcement of the Clean Water Act caused by Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006. You can read our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the Waters of the United States rule.

 

Having a strong Clean Water Act with clear jurisdiction is a big priority for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. We will be submitting comments on the proposed rule and we strongly encourage others to comment on this critically important rule. You can read all about the rule at the EPA’s Waters of the United States site.

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