Opinion: We must defend our rivers and streams from the EPA

Maurice River, New Jersey Delaware Bayshore

SANDRA MEOLA / NJ SPOTLIGHT – When discussing the future of the environment, one cannot forget the important resource of fresh water. In the United States, sources of drinking water face incredible stress from the impacts of climate change, toxic chemicals, plastic waste, overdevelopment, and many other issues. While protections for our waterways are essential, the current administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to redefine the Waters of the United States rule under the Clean Water Act. If the proposed changes are implemented, it would be the largest weakening of the Clean Water Act since its passage.

Since the Clean Water Act became law in 1972, progress has been made in cleaning up many of our nation’s most treasured rivers and streams. For example, before the Clean Water Act, the Delaware River was a dumping ground for raw sewage and chemical waste, and it could barely sustain aquatic life …

Sandra Meola is director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.

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