Save the Sound applauds finalized Clean Water Rule

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, applauds the May 27 announcement of a new Clean Water Rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the updated rule, streams and wetlands will be included as waters of the United States protected under the Clean Water Act. This will further protect downstream water bodies including Long Island Sound.

“This rule helps protects our small streams from becoming polluted and destroyed. If we lose the battle to protect these small, headwater streams, we can lose clean rivers and a clean Sound,” said Curt Johnson, executive director of CFE’s Save the Sound program. “The mention of green infrastructure within the rule itself is particularly encouraging. We know that green infrastructure projects that capture polluted rain runoff from our streets and roofs and filter it naturally back into the ground are an effective and economically sound way to protect our rivers, streams, lakes, and the Sound. This decision by the federal government is a victory for our beloved Long Island Sound and all the rivers we love that flow into it.”

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