What happens upstream, in small streams and wetlands, affects downstream rivers, lakes, and beaches where we swim and fish. Small streams are the source for much of the water in our rivers. They provide critical habitat and filter out pollutants. Wetlands act like a sponge to store floodwaters and recharge groundwater supplies. Yet, today these critical upstream waters are not fully protected by the Clean Water Act.
Despite thirty years of comprehensive protections under the law, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 made it unclear whether these small streams and wetlands were still protected. This leaves the small streams and wetlands that contribute to the drinking water of 117 million Americans vulnerable to pollution.
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