From the Chesapeake Bay Foundation:
Yesterday, the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort was dealt yet another blow. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under direction from the Trump Administration, published a proposal to limit the Clean Water Act, one of the bedrock environmental laws protecting our Bay. This proposal removes protections for some wetlands, which are a critical component to the defense and restoration of the Bay. Learn more about this threat and the value of wetlands.
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|A falcon watches over a sunset at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Donald Slaughter.|
With 1.7 million acres of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the proposed rollback to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would have negative impacts on the health of the Bay and its rivers and streams. Wetlands act as natural buffers, absorbing pollution before it enters our waters. They also reduce storm surges to help control flooding and provide critical habitat to wildlife.
The proposed rollbacks to WOTUS threaten this valuable resource. The Bay jurisdictions that rely solely on the federal Clean Water Act for the protection of their wetlands—Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia—will feel the greatest impact. But it will also have ripple effects across the Bay watershed, making it more difficult for Bay states with stricter wetland protection programs, like Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, to hold upstream states accountable for water pollution that crosses state lines.
Already facing threats from development, invasive species, and climate change, wetlands cannot afford to lose vital protection under the Clean Water Act. Stay tuned for important updates in the coming weeks on how you can join CBF in taking a stand for wetlands and clean water.
For the Bay,
Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
P.S. Healthy wetlands are critical to the success of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. Join us in fighting back against this assault and other threats to the Blueprint! Donate now.