(Yet Another) Trump Administration Effort to Weaken Clean Water Protections

WASHINGTON — The National Wildlife Federation opposes the Army Corps of Engineers’ final issuance of new Nationwide Permits (NWPs). The new permits were issued nearly two years earlier than usual and weaken long-standing protections for streams, wetlands, endangered species, and migratory birds.

“This is another rushed effort by the Trump Administration to weaken clean water protections on their way out the door,” said Jessie Ritter, the director of water resources and coastal policy for the National Wildlife Federation. “If implemented, this will lead to death by a thousand cuts to our nation’s rivers, streams and coastlines.”

Nationwide Permits are a streamlined process for the Army Corps to authorize certain types of work in streams, wetlands, lakes, and tidal waters. Nationwide Permits are traditionally updated every five years.

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