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TU decries Trump order to unravel clean water rule
TU decries Trump order to unravel clean water rule
Today President Trump signed an executive order that will begin to unravel the protections included in the Clean Water Rule.

In response to the order, Trout Unlimited released statements from President and CEO Chris Wood and Maine Brook Trout Project Director Jeff Reardon.

Finalized in 2015 after an extensive public process, the rule provides protection to nearly 60 percent of the stream miles in the U.S. Protecting these headwaters is important not only to anglers, but also the one in three Americans whose drinking water comes from these important sources.

As the administration moves forward in crafting a new rule, expect sportsmen and women to be aggressively involved, making sure that headwater streams and wetlands are protected to ensure clean water and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. Trout Unlimited has developed an action center to help members and concerned citizens contact their elected officials.

Please contact TU Eastern Communications Director Mark Taylor to arrange an interview with Chris Wood or Jeff Reardon.

Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Director, Trout Unlimited

In Maine, we know that 13% of stream miles are intermittent and 72% of stream miles are classified as headwater streams. And we know brook trout use those headwater streams, especially tributaries to small ponds that support brook trout spawning at their mouths.

Clean Water Act protection for headwater brook trout streams is essential to keeping those critical habitats cold and clean enough to support trout.

Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited

Today, President Trump signed an executive order that begins to unravel the protections of the Clean Water Act for small headwater streams.

The Clean Water Rule was finalized in 2015 after more than one million public comments and extensive scientific review. It provides protection to streams and rivers including 60 percent of the stream miles in the U.S. that flow seasonally. Protecting these headwaters is important not only to anglers, but also to the one in three Americans whose drinking water comes from small seasonal streams.

The Executive Order directs the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to rescind and revise the Clean Water Rule. It also directs the agencies to use former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion that said seasonal streams do not merit protection, as a basis for the revision.

If Justice Scalia’s direction is followed, 60 percent of U.S. streams and 20 million acres of wetlands would lose protection of the Clean Water Act; an unmitigated disaster for fish and wildlife, hunting and fishing, and clean water.

Sportsmen and women have a simple question for the President and EPA Administrator Pruitt: are we going forward or backward on clean water? Today’s announcement is a big step back. Legally, scientifically, and logically a reliance on Justice Scalia’s opinion is wrong-headed—but there’s still time, working through the new rulemaking process, to make it right.

When the new Administration replaces the Clean Water Rule, it must listen to the voices of tens of millions of sportsmen and women who want more clean water, more fish and wildlife habitat, and more hunting and angling opportunities. The Trump Administration can change direction on this Rule but they can’t change the fact that clean water is not a political issue. It is a basic right of every American.

Gravity works cheap, and it never takes a day off. The Administration cannot stop water flowing downhill—and we all live downstream. To be effective, the Clean Water Act must be able to control pollution at its source, upstream in the headwaters and wetlands that flow downstream through communities to our major lakes, rivers, and bays. The Administration’s action places the health of 60 percent of the stream miles in the U.S. at risk. Trout Unlimited intends to work with our hundreds of thousands of members and supporters to reverse course on this misguided direction.

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