Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (External Review Draft)


[ blog] In today’s federal register, EPA announced the availability of a report whose purpose is to lend a scientific justification for the agency’s proposal to expand federal jurisdiction pursuant to the Clean Water Act… In a nutshell, the purpose of this EPA *science* is to demonstrate the physical, chemical, and biological connections to, and effects of, wetlands and open waters in non-floodplain settings on downstream waters…

[] The long-awaited study, “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters,” released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides the scientific underpinning for the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule (CWPR), or ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule, which is due to be finalized by the Agency this spring.

The scientific report shows that small streams and wetlands can affect downstream water quality and help supply drinking water to millions of Americans and is further evidence that these waterbodies need protection from pollution, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) noted…

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