Headwaters matter! A 2015 EPA rule protected headwaters, affirming Clean Water Act protections for intermittent and ephemeral streams – those that don’t necessarily flow at all times, but that feed into larger downstream waterways during times of snowmelt or following rain. These feeder streams —the source waters of our nation’s great rivers —support fisheries and provide drinking water for more than 117 million Americans. Now, however, the EPA is proposing to repeal the 2015 rule, and then to replace it with a standard that would remove Clean Water Act protection from seasonal headwater streams and associated wetlands.
This move could strip Clean Water Act protection from the 70% of Colorado waterways that are seasonal or intermittent. You can read more about this issue from the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/10/epa-clean-water-act-colorado-industries/
READ THE ENTIRE BLOG ON THE COLORADO TU WEBSITE: http://coloradotu.org/2017/07/stand-up-for-clean-water-2/