Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, has introduced a resolution in urging the city of Los Angeles to formally oppose the Trump administration’s rollback of federal protections of streams and other bodies of water.
The new Navigable Water Protection Rule, which the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board found “no scientific justification” for, would lift protections for approximately half the country’s wetlands, two-thirds of freshwater streams and 81% of streams in the Southwest United States.
“It is clear that the Trump Administration has no regard for the environmental protections we have fought for decades to build,” Ryu said. “This not only rolls back protections won under the Obama Administration, but protections that have been in place since the 1970s. This puts hundreds of previously protected water sources, and the communities that rely on them, at risk. Especially now, as climate change and water scarcity bear down on us, we need to fight back.”
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule rolls back protections crafted under President Barack Obama that extended the 1972 Clean Water Act to cover ephemeral streams, which run intermittently after snowmelt or heavy rains. The new rule also removes the requirements for polluters to seek permits before filling in wetlands or dumping fertilizers or pesticides into waterways. Government scientists concluded that the new water rule ignores science by “failing to acknowledge watershed systems.”
“While this rule may be good news for Trump’s golf courses, it’s bad news for the millions of people who rely on local water sources for their drinking water,” Ryu added.
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