The Clean Water Act: Final thoughts as EPA public comment period ends

The Clean Water Act has brought progress to Minnesota lakes and rivers, but in order to continue on the path to success, we must protect all the waterways in Minnesota. A loophole in the Clean Water Act has left just more than half of Minnesota’s rivers and streams, including many that feed into the Mississippi River, vulnerable to pollution.

All of Minnesota’s waterways deserve protection.

Fortunately, the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed restoring protections to all of the state’s waterways this past March. After almost eight months, the public comment period ended last Friday.

Despite opposition, nearly 740,000 supportive comments were delivered to EPA officials in Washington, D.C., last month.

If we push back against polluters, we can restore safeguards to all of the waterways that support strong local economies and keep our state beautiful.

Environment Minnesota thanks the EPA for taking the steps needed to protect Minnesota’s waterways. I encourage every Minnesotan to actively side with our state’s waters.