Clean Water Act

***Public Comment Period Open Until October 20th for EPA Navigable Waters Rule***

Under the Clean Water Act definition of “Waters of the U.S” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S.

September 1, 2014--Water: Battleground of the West (Durango Herald)

West of the invisible 100th meridian line separating the East from the West, Harold Baxstrom irrigates 180 acres of hay or pasture with water directly from Lemon Reservoir.


July 31, 2014--Tipton, EPA fight over water rule (Durango Herald)

It appears Mark Twain was right when he wrote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” U.S. Rep.


July 28, 2014--Clean water is good for business (US News)

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire for the 13th time in its sad 100 year history as an industrial dump and sewer. The fire, commemorated in song, spurred the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the passage of the Clean Water Act soon after. The EPA has since cleaned up many of America’s rivers, lakes and bays.


July 26, 2014--How frustration and inaction color EPA's efforts to enforce the Clean Water Act (Huffington Post)

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Efforts in Congress to clarify the EPA's powers have been defeated.


July 20, 2014--U.S. water quality: No day at the beach (Denver Post)

What do you pack for a day at the shore? How about a hepatitis shot, antibiotic ointment, and a vomit bucket? A study conducted by the environmental organization NRDS found that as many as 10 percent of U.S.


July 16, 2014--One farmers group actually likes proposed EPA water rules (Fence Post)

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union has broken ranks with many other water users in Colorado to support proposed rules meant to clear up discrepancies in U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Clean Water Act. The group claims false claims are being made about the rules. The rules are proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.


July 14, 2014--EPA's efforts to clarify the Clean Water Act upsets Colorado farmers (Colorado Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule in March that is intended to clarify which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.


July 12, 2014--Ten worst states for water pollution (Water Online)

Industry dumped over 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways in 2012, according to a new report by the advocacy group Environment America Research and Policy Center. The report, which drew on data published by industrial facilities as well as government numbers, broke that figure down by state, region, and water source.


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