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Statement: Federal court invalidates ‘Dirty Water Rule’

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Statement: Federal court invalidates ‘Dirty Water Rule’

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday vacated the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which wiped out federal protections for half the nation’s remaining wetlands and thousands of streams that provide drinking water to millions of Americans. Citing serious legal errors and harm caused by the rule, the court decreed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers need to draft a new rule defining the scope of waterways protected under the federal Clean Water Act. 

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Pathogens pose risk at 185 of Florida beaches

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Pathogens pose risk at 185 of Florida beaches

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – With Floridians returning to local beaches this summer, a new report warns that more work is needed to ensure that all waters are safe for swimming. In 2020, 185 Florida beaches were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day, according to Safe for Swimming? -- Environment Florida Research and Policy Center’s annual analysis of bacteria testing.

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Statement: EPA to repeal and replace the Dirty Water Rule

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Statement: EPA to repeal and replace the Dirty Water Rule

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced steps Wednesday to repeal and replace the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule left half the nation’s remaining wetlands and thousands of streams without federal protection under the Clean Water Act.  Environment America and other groups have asked a court to overturn the rule.

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Statement: Bipartisan bill a big leap forward for America’s clean water infrastructure

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Statement: Bipartisan bill a big leap forward for America’s clean water infrastructure

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915) on Wednesday. The bill would authorize $40 billion over five years for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that provides communities with low-cost financing for clean water infrastructure projects. Additionally, H.R. 1915 includes provisions designed to both assist small or financially disadvantaged communities and dedicate 15 percent of the funding to state grants for green infrastructure improvements.

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New report highlights Roberts Bay as part of national roadmap to clean water

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New report highlights Roberts Bay as part of national roadmap to clean water

Bold investment can stop sewage overflows and help make America’s waterways safe again, according to a new report from Environment Florida Research & Policy Center. Entitled A Path to Cleaner Water, the study comes out as Congress negotiates water infrastructure funding for the coming fiscal year as part of the federal budget. 

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