EPA’s March to Eliminate Clean Water Rule Protections Could Harm Our Watershed

Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, has been working to undo many of the protections to our watershed that have been in place over 40 years.  Now industry and developers will have even more leverage against small farmers, anglers and boaters who treasure their river.  The Clean Water Rule worked to provide protection over smaller bodies of water, including the headwater streams that feed into the Ogeechee and Canoochee.  People who live on and for the river know that we all live downstream of someone.  Without protections in place, residents could be affected by upstream water quality violations that could impact their drinking water, and the rivers they use to swim, fish, and recreate.  

This is not a restoration of power to the states or local governments.  Most of the enforcement of the Clean Water Act is already carried out by these agencies.  This is the start of a major rollback of water quality protections that the residents of our watershed have used in the past to punish polluters and ensure that environmental justice prevails.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper and the Waterkeeper Alliance are committed to protecting the Clean Water Act and our local waterways.  However, we are only as strong as our community.  We hope that you continue to join us in working to protect, preserve, and improving the water quality of the Ogeechee River Basin.

Luke Roberson
Outreach and Water Quality Specialist of Ogeechee Riverkeeper