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On April 29, The Merrimack River Watershed Council joined the Conservation Law Foundation as it filed a lawsuit against the Trump Adminstration challenging the recent rollbacks in protections for certain streams and wetland areas. The complaint alleges, among other things, that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers did not do the proper analyses before deciding to significantly weaken the law, especially as compared to the more protective, Obama-era WOTUS rule, the Clean Water Rule.

Our concern is over the impact these rollbacks will have on water quality and the health of the Merrimack River and its tributaries” said Executive Director Matthew Thorne of the Merrimack River Watershed Council. 

“At a time when our nation’s waters are under siege from polluters, we need more protections, not less,” said Heather Govern, Director of CLF’s Clean Air and Water Program. “This heinous new rule is another Trump Administration giveaway to industries at the expense of our environment, and it cannot go unchecked.”

Among other groups involved in the suit, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Connecticut River Conservancy and Massachusetts Audubon Society

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