Clean Water Overview

Cahuilla Wetlands

Our nation's wetlands and streams are at risk

Birds, other wildlife, and people all share a need for clean water. In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, the nation's primary law governing water quality. The Act is credited with cleaning up one-third of our nation's rivers and lakes. However, court decisions have cut back the types of waters protected under the Act, and threaten to limit protections for critical habitats across America. Guidance issued in 2007 by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers could lead to a 50 percent loss of waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act, including the fragile wetlands.

 

Audubon advocates for broad federal protections

Audubon is working to pass federal legislation to protect all waters that were historically protected under the Clean Water Act. Audubon staff and volunteers participate at both local and national levels, including litigation in the Supreme Court and in cases to protect the Everglades and Florida's wetlands from unlimited development. Audubon has also joined forces with other environmental groups as part of the Clean Water Network to ensure protection of our nation's waters.

Congressional Action is Critical to Protect our Waters

Now, in light of unfavorable court decisions and agency guidance that fails to protect wetlands, congressional action is needed to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act. This legislation is vital to restore the broad coverage of the Clean Water Act as it was originally intended by clarifying that the Act applies to all of the nation's waters, including fragile wetlands. Audubon needs your help to save our wetlands and valuable waters.