*CARE 2 UPDATE* In a horrifyingly ironic move, the Trump administration's EPA finalized this heinous rule on the day before Earth Day, 2020. Our water sources are now compromised, and it is only a matter of time before we begin to see the negative consequences of the increased pollution and carelessness allowed by these rollbacks. But, as always, there are organizations on the right side of history who plan to sue the Trump administration, citing the clear illegality of the new rule. Keep sharing and signing to show your support for those who want to keep U.S. water clean -- the health and safety of its communities and wildlife depend on it!
Clean drinking water is critical to all Americans, yet Trump's EPA has decided to mess with existing regulations to pull thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands from some commonsense protections.
It's not only important to safeguard the bodies of water we pull our water from and ensure they are free of pollution, but we also must ensure the bodies of water that pour into those other bodies are also safe and clean.
Nevertheless, this EPA has proposed removing all sources of water that aren't permanent. In other words, the streams and wetlands that pop up seasonally (usually due to rain) and flow into our main water sources would no longer need to be regulated.
Just because they're not feeding into water sources year round doesn't mean they can't do damage. Roughly one-third of Americans will drink water that can be traced back from these soon-to-be unregulated sources. How is that a good idea?
Before the proposal can go into action, the White House must take comments from the public for two months. Let's use this petition to make sure the EPA is well aware we want our regulations kept intact so that we can ensure access to clean water to all Americans. Do not tinker with the Clean Water Act!