MYTH: The EPA is attempting to roll back the Clean Water Act, eliminating key protections for water quality and putting our drinking water at risk.
FACT: The EPA is revising a definition within the Clean Water Act, called the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which was expanded by the Obama Administration in 2015 but never fully went into effect because it was immediately blocked by the courts. Because the rule never went into effect, water quality will not be harmed.
- In August 2015, a federal district court in North Dakota blocked implementation of the WOTUS rule, and in October of 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the rule. WOTUS was never fully implemented, so water quality will not be harmed.