News Release | Environment America

107 Farmers, 87 Academics, 89 Members of Congress to EPA: Protect America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Environment America released letters signed by 107 farmers, 87 academics and 89 members of the House of Representatives,  all calling on the Obama administration to protect America’s waterways by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The loopholes leave 20 million acres of wetlands and more than half the nation’s streams at risk of unchecked pollution. 

News Release | Environment America

EPA, Army Corps Report Shows Economic Benefits of Fixing Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A study conducted by the Obama administration shows that protecting our waterways has massive economic benefits in addition to the known environmental benefits. The economic analysis was authored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the lead agencies involved in implementing and enforcing the Clean Water Act. 

News Release | Environment America

Citizens, Scientists and Farmers Call on EPA to Follow Sound Science, Protect America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in an effort to increase protections for America’s waterways, Environment America staff and activists delivered comments from 29,000 Americans from across the country to the Environmental Protection Agency. The comments support the EPA’s report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, which makes the scientific case for the EPA to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave more than half of America’s streams and 20 million acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution.

EPA announces rules to protect clean water

By | John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

More than 40 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with a clear goal of making all of our rivers, lakes, streams, and other waters clean. Most Americans would be appalled to learn that a set of Supreme Court decisions created an open question as to whether thousands of our streams and wetlands across the country remain protected by the Act.


Stop Fracking Our Future

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. Yet the oil and gas industry is pushing to expand this dirty drilling—to new states and even near critical drinking water supplies for millions of Americans. We need to show massive public support to stop the oil and gas industry from fracking our future.

News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect America's Waterways

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence” that reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream. At the same time, the Obama administration is expected to move forward with a rule to clarify protections for America’s waterways.

News Release | Environment America

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

The bill zeroes out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement: