New rules limiting water protections ignore science

New rules limiting water protections ignore science

News Type: Federal Source: Mountain West News
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On December 11, the Trump administration announced plans to cut back the number of wetlands and creeks protected under the Clean Water Act. High Country News interviewed Ellen Wohl, a river researcher and professor at Colorado State University, to find out how scientists view the new guidelines.

High Country News: Does this proposed rule match what researchers know is important for protecting clean water?

Ellen Wohl: Absolutely not. It’s diametrically opposed to how the scientific community understands rivers as ecosystems, and river function.