Trump Launches Attack on Clean Water

WASHINGTON - President Trump signed an executive order today directing his administration to rewrite the Clean Water Rule.


Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement:


“Instead of protecting the things we hold dear like our tap water, our rivers or our health, President Trump is, once again, protecting big polluters.


 “Gutting this rule would threaten the wetlands and streams that feed the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 people—or 117 million Americans.  It would put our rivers, lakes, marshes and bays at risk of pollution.


“The Clean Water Rule’s safeguards are grounded in science and law.  The rule was developed over many years, after more than 1 million public comments. We all rely on healthy wetlands to curb flooding, filter pollutants, support fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and feed our rivers and lakes.


“We will stand up to this reckless assault. We’ll stand up for clean water and a healthy future for all Americans.” 


For more on the Clean Water Rule, see this blog by NRDC’s Jon Devine.


For more on the threats the Trump administration poses to our water, air, communities and climate, see this blog by NRDC President Rhea Suh.


# # #


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.


Related Issues
Fresh Water

Related Press Releases