Recognizing the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, environment and communities, the Obama administration released a national clean-water framework Wednesday that shows its commitment to protecting the health of America’s waters. The framework emphasizes partnerships and coordination with states, local communities, stakeholders and the public to protect public health and water quality and promote the nation’s energy and economic security.
For nearly 40 years, the Clean Water Act has been a cornerstone of the effort to ensure that Americans have clean and healthy waters. The administration’s framework outlines a series of actions underway and planned across federal agencies to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming and fishing, and that support farming, recreation, tourism and economic growth. It includes federal guidance to clarify which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act nationwide; innovative partnerships and programs to improve water quality and water efficiency; and initiatives to revitalize communities and economies by restoring rivers and critical watersheds.
“Clean water and healthy waterways are vital to the health and vibrancy of our communities and the strength of our economy,” said the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. “Working with our partners across communities, governments and sectors, we are taking comprehensive action to ensure Americans have the clean and healthy waters they need and deserve.”