Clean, productive wetlands and headwater streams are important for everyone, and they are essential for hunters and anglers. While they provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife, these waters and wetlands also reduce flooding, filter pollution, and recharge aquifers.
The Clean Water Act, with its goal “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters,” is our most powerful tool for protecting wetlands and safeguarding water quality. It was adopted at the behest of hunters, anglers, and conservationists to ensure the nation’s supply of healthy water. However, since 2001, a series of Supreme Court decisions and administrative actions have hindered implementation of the Clean Water Act, leaving half of the nation’s stream miles at risk of pollution and destruction. In the past 15 years, we’ve lost wetlands at an alarming rate. The most recent national assessment of wetland trends documented a 140 percent increase in the rate of wetland loss—the first acceleration of wetland loss since the Clean Water Act was enacted more than 40 years ago.
After years of effort from sportsmen calling for administrative action to fix this problem, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule on May 27, 2015, that clearly defines which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. Once again, hunters and anglers are on the front lines of protecting our natural resources. With your support, we can ensure this victory survives repeated Congressional attacks.
Please take the time to review some of the materials below to learn more about this important issue. Then consider taking action to let Congress know you support clean water.
For more information, contact TRCP Center for Water Resources Director Jimmy Hague at Jhague@trcp.org.
Without clean water protections, sportsmen's access to quality days in the field is at risk -- and so are the jobs and economic activity sportsmen create. Read more.
In newspapers, magazines, blogs, and letters to Washington, the sportsmen community is celebrating this victory for fish and wildlife habitat and anyone who appreciates clean drinking water. Read more.
Learn how the landmark rule restores and clarifies longstanding Clean Water Act protections for wetlands and headwater streams. Read more.
Legislation advancing in the Senate would undo sportsmen's historic victory with the clean water rule and fundamentally alter the Clean Water Act. Read more.
The legislation approved by the House of Representatives would kill the final clean water rule putting wetlands and headwater streams back at risk. Read more.
Hunters and Anglers Need a Restored Clean Water Act - Sportsmen must speak up for strong, science-based protections for waters upon which America’s hunters and anglers rely.
Stemming the Tide of Wetlands Loss - Our friend Steven Rinella, host of MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel, walks you through the importance of wetlands to sportsmen.
Sportsmen and Wetlands Loss - Steven is back with a second look at the important connection between sportsmen and wetlands.
EPA Goes to the Bassmaster Classic - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to the 2014 B.A.S.S Conservation Summit.
In late October, we wrote about three upcoming attacks from Congress on sportsmen’s access to healthy headwater streams and wetlands. We’re now witnessing the aftermath of two of these attacks and, unfortunately for sportsmen, it’s not all good news. Read Full Story on the TRCP Website
A new survey of hunters and anglers is yet more evidence that sportsmen are overwhelmingly supportive of sensible protections for the nation’s smaller streams and wetlands. Read Full Story on the Trout Unlimited Website
Clean Water Act protections for wetlands and headwater streams remain at risk. Tell your congressmen and women, the Army Corps and EPA you support their efforts to clarify the Clean Water Act and urge them to finalize a rule that protects wetlands and headwater streams. Take Action
The plan sets a precedent for improving resiliency to drought and disaster without sacrificing fish and wildlife resources Read More
The bipartisan package of bills would prioritize recreation on federal lands and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund Read More
The TRCP and partners are creating a vision for managing America’s saltwater recreational fisheries. Download the Report
Sportsmen are keenly aware of the value of clean rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands and the crucial habitat they provide for our favorite critters. It is imperative that we restore the protections for these waters that have been lost in recent years.
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