The Obama Administration today released a proposed rule to clarify which waters of the United States are protected by the Clean Water Act from pollution and destruction. The rule will be a big step forward in the effort to restore the Great Lakes streams and wetlands and, ultimately, the health of the Lakes themselves.
Commenting on the proposed rule, Todd Ambs, campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:
“Forty two years ago Congress passed a law to clean up the waters of the United States. This rule will clarify how the law works to protect our waterways and in particular, our Great Lakes. After all, it isn’t called the Partially Clean Water Act. At a time when we’re seeing federal Great Lakes restoration investments deliver results in communities across the region, this rule will help ensure that those gains are protected. This rule can help ensure that as we take one step forward we aren’t also taking two steps back.”
Click here for more information on the rule and what it means for the Great Lakes and efforts to restore them.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition consists of 120 environmental, conservation, outdoor recreation organizations, zoos, aquariums and museums representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Learn more at www.healthylakes.org or follow us on Twitter @healthylakes.