The Porter County
Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America has announced it strongly
supports new proposed rules that would improve water quality across the
The US Army Corps
of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week released a
proposal to clarify which “waters of the United States” are protected by the
Clean Water Act.
“The proposed rule
is a great step toward restoring protections for upstream waters and
wetlands that were eliminated over the last decade due to confusing Supreme
Court rulings,” said chapter president Jim Sweeney.
public now has an opportunity to weigh in on how important clean water and
healthy wetlands are to them,” he continued. “The Porter County Chapter
urges all hunters, anglers, and outdoor lovers to voice their support for
the new proposals.”
“The Corps and EPA
are proposing new rules that are balanced and supported by science,” said
Scott Kovarovics, Izaak Walton League Executive Director. “The proposal will
better protect streams that provide drinking water to 117 million people and
help conserve streams and wetlands that are vital to protect the nation’s
wildlife and a vibrant outdoor recreation economy.”
According to the
League, at least 20 million wetland acres and nearly 60 percent of stream
miles in the continental United States have lost protection from pollution
and physical destruction. Past government and Supreme Court decisions
effectively ignored the well-established science on the connections between
upstream and downstream waters.
The draft rule
includes exemptions for many land-use activities and certain waters,
including many agricultural practices, ornamental ponds, and more that have
been primary arguments against strong rules. The public now has 90 days to
comment on the proposal.
The proposed rule
and information on submitting comments can be found on the EPA Web site.
Founded in 1922,
the Izaak Walton League of America (