A legislative amendment critical to the protection of wetlands and streams is currently before Congress and could be voted on in the next few days. This amendment would restore the full protection of the Clean Water Act for so-called "isolated" streams and wetlands. These protections were removed by a Bush Administration directive in 2003.
As Gulf citizens understand, there is no such thing as an "isolated" wetland or stream. Waters from throughout the country eventually flow into the Gulf and deserve full protection. Gulf wetlands are critical to flood and hurricane protection and allowing them to be labeled as "isolated" will result in further destruction of these important storm buffers.
We need your help now. Ask Congress to restore full protection for all of the wetlands and streams in the Gulf and throughout the country.
In Florida, many of the smaller waters feeding the everglades would be in danger of losing protection, as would 800,000 acres of wetlands in the panhandle. In Louisiana, almost 30 percent of total stream miles in the state would no longer be protected and 803 industrial facilities could no longer need a permit to discharge into "isolated" waters. In Texas, over 50% of coastal plain wetlands (at least 2 million acres) could lose protection.