Clean Water Act

Wild grasses and Reeds in wetlands with the backdrop of Blanca Peak, sacred to the Navajo People, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado.

Colorado Legislature Passes Enhanced Wetlands Protections

The bill would reinstate protections for wetlands and seasonal streams eliminated by a 2023 Supreme Court ruling.

May 15, 2024 - Route Fifty

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How To Make the Clean Water Act Work Better

A legal scholar suggests mechanisms for closing loopholes that limit the law’s effectiveness.

March 7, 2024 - The Regulatory Review

View of river in Washington State surrounded by lush forest.

GAO: Washington State Slow on Clean Water Reporting

The Clean Water Act mandates reporting of ‘impaired waters’ to support conservation and restoration efforts.

December 19, 2023 - High Country News

View of wetlands with lilypads at dusk.

States Scramble in Wake of Clean Water Act Ruling

The removal of federal oversight of wetlands has left millions of acres unregulated and erected major hurdles for lawmakers seeking to protect them.

December 5, 2023 - Pew Stateline

Natural gas power plant with two tall smokestacks against blue and purple sunset sky

Energy Reliability Vs. the Environment

A controversial but unanimous vote by California officials last week to keep three older, coastal natural gas power plants operating beyond their termination dates shows that environmental protection takes a back seat to keeping the lights on.

August 22, 2023 - Politico

View of wetlands in South Carolina at sunrise or sunset

Supreme Court Limits Clean Water Act’s Power

A recent ruling ‘dramatically’ restricts the law’s reach when it comes to protecting wetlands.

May 31, 2023 - Politico

Aerial view of Eel River running through California forest

The Nation’s Most Endangered Rivers

An annual list from American Rivers highlights the waterways most at risk from climate change, poor water management, pollution, and other dangers.

April 19, 2023 - American Rivers

Big Flat, California

What Is the Clean Water Act?

The primary environmental law to regulate water pollution in the United States, the Clean Water Act, went into effect 50 years ago, on October 18, 1972.

October 30, 2022 - James Brasuell

A wooden sign on the side of a road welcomes visitors to Priest Lake in Idaho.

Manchin’s Permitting Bill, Supreme Court Case Could Dramatically Alter the Clean Water Act

The future of the Clean Water Act could look much different after fossil fuel interests and the Supreme Court done with it.

September 28, 2022 - The Washington Post

Coal Mining and Power Station

Did the Supreme Court Gut Federal Power?

The Supreme Court limited the EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Some commentators believe that this decision will virtually eliminate EPA power—but the decision is too ambiguous to support such a clear conclusion.

July 3, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

A river runs blue through the red rocks of the desert.

Fifty Years After the Clean Water Act, Half of U.S. Waters Are Unsafe for Humans and Fish

A study of U.S. waterways shows that around half of lakes, rivers, and streams in the U.S. are too toxic to swim or fish in.

March 28, 2022 - High Country News

Coast Stream

Judge Tosses Trump Administration's Rollback of 'Waters of the United States' Protections

The Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule was sloppy, and it would have done "serious environmental harm," according to a recent court ruling.

September 5, 2021 - The Washington Post

The San Pedro River where it passes through Saint David, south of Benson, Arizona.

Army Corps Rescinds Permits for Massive Master Planned Community in Arizona

A plan to conjure 28,000 new homes from the landscape fed by the San Pedro River in Southern Arizona is once again on the wrong side of regulators.

July 12, 2021 - Arizona Republic

Klamath River

Biden Administration Seeks More Protection for Wetlands

In a reversal from Trump-era policy, the Biden administration wants to reinstate protections that prevent the contamination of streams and waterways.

June 27, 2021 - The Washington Post


Arizona Proposes Legislation to Protect Water After Trump Rollbacks to Clean Water Act

To protect the state's water resources, Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality has drafted a new set of regulations aimed at replacing Clean Water Act provisions struck down by the Trump administration.

December 29, 2020 - Arizona Public Media

Andrew Wheeler

Trump Finally Comes for the 'Waters of the United States' Rule

The Trump administration is finally delivering on a promise to rescind the Waters of the United States act enacted during the Obama administration to expand the reach of the federal Clean Water Act.

January 23, 2020 - NPR

Flask Flood

Trump's Clean Water Rule Change Reduces Protection for 93% of Arizona Water

Most of Arizona's arroyos fall into the relentlessly contested grey area created by the 1972 Clean Water Act.

December 21, 2019 - Arizona Public Media


How Peoria Is Putting Green Infrastructure to Work

Peoria's new stormwater farm takes the pressure off its outdated combined sewer system. It's part of a larger effort by the city to align green infrastructure with social equity goals.

December 12, 2019 - Next City

The San Pedro River where it passes through Saint David, south of Benson, Arizona.

Clean Water Rule's Repeal Could Have Consequences for Sprawling Development in Arizona

A recent decision by the Trump administration regarding the Waters of the United States Rule is changing the legal calculus of a plan to add 28,000 homes in the city of Benson, located southwest of Tucson.

September 24, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Morrison Spring, Walton County, Florida

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

Environmentalists worry that the latest action by the Trump administration on the environment will set a dangerous precedent that is difficult to overturn with a more conservative Supreme Court.

September 13, 2019 - The New York Times

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