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SFS and CASS send letters to EPA regarding Waters of the US rule

Published On: 8/1/2017

SFS signs two letters sent to the US EPA regarding the Trump Administration's proposed revisions to the Waters of the US rule


SFS has signed two letters that were sent to the US EPA in response to the Trump Administration's recent proposal to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

In addition, a letter from the SFS president, Colden Baxter, has been sent to the SFS membership in which he encouraged SFS members to also comment on the proposed changes to the Clean Water Rule. The letter reads:

Dear SFS member,

SFS has signed two important letters in response to the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS).

Development of the "Waters of the United States" rule was an effort that took years, and it involved work by many SFS members on different levels.  It was aimed at making sure the implementation of the Clean Water Act reflects the current, best available freshwater science.  The Trump administration's proposal to rescind this rule flouts the scientific understanding generated by our community over the past 4 decades.  The WOTUS rule was also intended to make the regulatory process more efficient, as it was set to resolve many regulatory inconsistencies and bureaucratic inefficiencies that had arisen following the 2006 Rapanos Supreme court decision that challenged the Clean Water Act's application to wetlands.  The administration's proposal would roll back that progress, making it harder to protect our nation's freshwater resources.

For these reasons, we felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the SFS community, in firm opposition to this proposal.  Indeed, we urge SFS members to learn about the issue and submit their own comments.

SFS President Colden Baxter gratefully acknowledges the work of several SFS committee members, particularly Mike Paul (chair of Science and Policy Committee).

The letter from the Society for Freshwater Science can be viewed here (http://www.freshwater-science.org/Policy/files/SFS_WOTUS_EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203.pdf) and the letter from the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) can be viewed here (http://www.freshwater-science.org/Policy/files/CASS_WOTUS_EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203.pdf).


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