Statements from WV Rivers Coalition on President Trump’s Action on Clean Water Rule
February 28, 2016
Contact: Angie Rosser, Executive Director
West Virginia Rivers Coalition
The Clean Water Act is the cornerstone for the recovery and protection of our rivers and streams. The Trump administration’s action leads to dismantling the Clean Water Act and the protections it provides for West Virginia’s drinking water supplies.
Fifty-four percent of West Virginians get their drinking water from sources that rely on headwater streams that would be protected under this rule. President Trump’s order rejects years of science and opens our drinking water supplies to more pollution.
The Clean Water Rule was the subject of more than a million public comments, with 87 percent of those responding—including 2,000 West Virginians, supporting the rule. With the effort now to undo this rule, 8,390 miles of streams that feed into West Virginia’s drinking water sources are vulnerable.
President Trump’s action not only intends to overturn the protection of West Virginia’s headwater streams, but aims to go further. By suggesting to limit the Clean Water Act’s authority to only “navigable waters” that travel across state lines, most of our streams would be excluded from federal protection. This would have severe consequences for the health of our rivers and streams across the state.