Edwards Creek in Texas - polluted by crude oil.
If you drink water or like to swim or fish in rivers and lakes, you should be happy about recent actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA has taken important steps toward clarifying what small streams, wetlands and other waters can be protected from pollution and development. For decades, Clean Water Action, our members, and allies have advocated for stronger protections for vulnerable headwater streams and wetlands that feed drinking water supplies for more than a third of all Americans and support water quality of downstream rivers, lakes and bays. But, for more than a decade, many of these water bodies have been at risk because of two Supreme Court rulings and subsequent Bush Administration policies that called into question whether or not they are protected by the Clean Water Act.