SELC Backs Federal Action to Clarify Water Protections
SELC has weighed in to support and improve the latest attempt by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to bring much-needed clarity to federal water and wetland protections, which have been muddled by two U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In July 2011, SELC voiced its general support for the agencies’ draft guidance, which has been under attack from anti-environmental forces in Congress. We also submitted detailed recommendations for how the guidance can be strengthened. For example, it should make clear that federal law protects pocosins, Carolina bays, and other wetland ecosystems found in our region, as well as the intermittent headwater streams that feed our rivers and drinking water supplies.