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American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams.

About the Petition

Big polluters and their allies in Congress are waging assaults on protections for our clean drinking water. 

Since 2006, Court rulings, and pressure from polluters have reduced protections for our small streams and wetlands, placing the drinking water source for over 117 million Americans at risk. Confusion over what streams remain protected has led to a decline in enforcement. Over a four-year period, there was a failure to prosecute more than 1,500 major pollution investigations of companies that spilled oil, carcinogens, and bacteria into rivers, lakes, and streams. 

Today, it is more important than ever that guidance to restore protections to small streams and wetlands is finalized and that the agencies initiate a rulemaking process to clarify the scope of the Act. 

Tell the Obama Administration that you support restoring clean water protections to keep your local waters safe enough to get your drinking water from and clean enough to fish and swim in!

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To: Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

I support the administration relying on their science to inform and advance rulemaking to protect streams and wetlands as “Waters of the United States” that deserve the protection of the Clean Water Act.  

Americans want and expect clean water that is safe for them to drink, clean for them to swim in, and healthy enough to support fish and wildlife. It’s time for the Obama Administration to make good on its commitment to clean water by restoring protections to small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Protect our rivers for future generations and restore protections to our small streams and wetlands. 


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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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    Merion Station, PA
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    Goleta, CA
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