White House Risks Health of Our Water and Our Communities

Trump Administration begins process to roll back Clean Water Rule

Yesterday the Trump Administration put the sources of drinking water for more than 4 million Oregonians at greater risk, along with the streams and wetlands that filter pollution and provide habitat for wildlife, by starting the process to repeal the Clean Water Rule. Leaders in Oregon vow to continue to move forward on protecting our waterways so they are safe places to live, work, swim, fish and drink the water.

“Oregon’s economy and way of life depend on clean and reliable sources of water, and gutting protections won’t lead to cleaner, or safer drinking water,” said Andrea Durbin, Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council. “We will continue to do the work required here in Oregon to ensure that we have clean water for all.”

“Protecting our waterways is essential to preserving Oregon’s ecosystems, recreation activities, and safe drinking water for communities across the state,” said Lori Grant, Water Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council. “Oregonians will not stand for the pollution and destruction of our streams and wetlands – no one should have to worry about pollution when they turn on the tap.”

Ultimately, the Trump Administration’s clean water rollback plan means that fewer streams, wetlands, and other waters would be protected by the Clean Water Act’s requirement to clean up polluted waters, its pollution control standards for industrial dischargers, its protections against burying streams and wetlands, and numerous other safeguards. It means more pollution to the lakes and streams we rely on for drinking water supply or for fishing and swimming, and a green light for the destruction of wetlands that prevent dangerous flooding.

For nearly 50 years, Oregon Environmental Council has been at the table collaborating for environmental protections for our state’s air, water and climate. We’ve successfully advocated for many state actions on clean water, from the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program, to the Governor’s Clean Water Partnership, to the state’s first Integrated Water Resources Strategy.


Oregon Environmental Council (@OECOnline) is a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to advancing innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. Visit us: oeconline.org. We invest more than 88% of our contributed revenue directly into policies and programs that impact people living in Oregon.

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
Transportation Solutions Living Green Featured Water News Stormwater Policy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Water Conservation Rural Partnerships Water Stories Water Action Toxics-Free Environments Air Quality Climate Protection OCAP News Toxic Free Priorities Eco-Healthy Homes OEC Membership Earth Day
Sort by
I-5 Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington

Building Bridges: Connections Between Communities, Climate, and Equitable Transportation

The Columbia River between Washington and Oregon has been significant for transportation around the region for thousands of years, with people moving along and across the river to meet their needs, make a living, and connect across communities. The I-5 bridge between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, is currently at the center of a regional conversation about transportation, connectedness, and community needs. 
August 10, 2021, 8:19 pm


Sign on fence post reading, "Irrigated with recycled water".

A Natural Vision for Water Part 3: Advancing Health and Environmental Justice

By Lynny Brown, Health & Outdoors Partner for Willamette Partnership and co-author of the Natural Infrastructure in Oregon report. As an environmental public health professional, Lynny advocates for a
May 25, 2021, 11:40 pm


OHA Report: Climate Crisis a Current and Growing Threat to the Health of Oregonians

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) just released its “Climate and Health in Oregon 2020” report, documenting the public health impacts from climate change across Oregon. The report is the first thorough analysis of the health effects of climate change in Oregon since 2014, and is the first of three OHA deliverables directed under EO 20-04, the Oregon Climate Action Plan. The report findings are grim, confirming what OEC has been saying all along– that climate change is a public he
January 5, 2021, 8:15 pm


OEC Partners With Hacienda CDC to Expand Access To Eco-Healthy Home Kit

The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, and this has
December 18, 2020, 6:10 pm


Eco-healthy living-how to prepare your garden for fall

October 14, 2020, 5:32 pm


Climate-Friendly Communities Don’t Magically Appear

Oregon Environmental Council and 1000 Friends of Oregon have a long history of partnership, especially working together to advance compact community design with a myriad of reliable alternatives to driving. When people live close to their daily destinations and have lots
November 12, 2019, 9:00 am


Oregon Health Authority Wrestles With Commitment to Transparency

At the most
October 10, 2019, 8:33 pm


1 Reply to "White House Risks Health of Our Water and Our Communities"