Diverse group of environmental, conservation, faith based groups, unions, businesses and elected officials recognize the value of protecting headwaters for downstream water bodies, including lakes, bays, and wetlands
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Clean Water Action released public comment letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ for its Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act Rule. Over 100 Pennsylvania organizations, public officials, and businesses voiced their support for this rule. The comment deadline is set for this Friday, November 14th.
EPA’s proposed rule is supported by more than 1,000 scientific peer-reviewed studies that recognize the importance of protecting headwaters to the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of rivers downstream. At stake is drinking water for 117 million Americans, 2 million stream miles, and 20 million acres of wetlands. In Pennsylvania, the rule would protect drinking water for 8 million Pennsylvanians who rely on rivers and streams for their water from public water systems. Pennsylvania sportsmen will be the beneficiaries of improved fish habitat, cleaner rivers and streams, and wetlands protection.