Trump administration rolls back rules on stream, wetland protection

San Francisco Chronicle

The Trump administration laid out plans Tuesday to roll back Obama-era rules protecting isolated streams and wetlands from industrial pollution... “This rolls back significantly regulations protecting wetlands, intermittent streams and headwaters, where streams start,” said Erica Maharg, the managing attorney for San Francisco Baykeeper. “I don't want to say the sky is falling — the Clean Water Act still exists — but I think what it does is ignore the science of how the smaller bodies and wetlands really impact the larger rivers, lakes, bays and the ocean. Generally, it means more pollution is going to be in the system.”