The Evolving State of the Clean Water Rule Highlights Need to Protect Valuable Water Resources

The Evolving State of the Clean Water Rule Highlights Need to Protect Valuable Water Resources

From agriculture to basic survival and health needs, water impacts communities at the most basic level, and policies to protect this resource are therefore key to evolving sustainability initiatives.

Water plays an integral role in maintaining a working economy. As it affects issues from resource creation to basic nourishment in order to be productive, communities don’t always reflect on the value of a seemingly limitless resource until it is in scarce supply or threatened in other impactful ways. Drought conditions in a variety of regions offer some highlights of the economic and environmental impacts that are part of finding a balance between resource use, conservation, and treatment.

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are finalizing a Clean Water Rule to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. While the rule is still in the process of being finalized, several key tenets have been highlighted:

“First, people depend on clean water: one in three Americans get their drinking water from streams currently lacking clear protection.
Second, our economy depends on clean water: manufacturing, farming, ranching, tourism, recreation, and other major economic sectors need clean water to function and flourish.
Third, our cherished way of life depends on clean water: healthy ecosystems support precious wildlife habitat and pristine places to hunt, fish, boat, and swim.”

As the final details and outcomes of the rule still need to be determined, the need to address new challenges will likely emerge. Among the restrictions that will take effect are new measures to limit the spread of manure and other practices in which many farmers across the country partake. Thousands of businesses will very likely be impacted by new regulations, and alternatives to standard business practices will need to be found. But changes to existing operations can be an opportunity rather than just a problem, and there are many ways in which to create more benefits than there were before.

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For the original article on the EPA blog, and to learn more about the evolving Clean Water Rule, you can check out