This fall, the Supreme Court is poised to continue its record of undermining decades of progress and legal precedents that safeguard our environment and fundamental rights. After undercutting the Clean Air Act in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, it is turning its attention to the Clean Water Act. Earlier this year, the Court quietly nullified an Earthjustice victory against a Trump administration rule that threatens our water quality. More recently, the Court heard Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, a case that may end up gutting the Clean Water Act. In light of this, we need your help to push the EPA to proactively defend clean water.
The Sacketts and their industry allies have waged a long-running campaign to undermine the Clean Water Act after the Sacketts illegally filled in a wetland on their property that was subject to the Act’s protections. The new conservative supermajority of the Supreme Court decided to take up their case, which puts the Clean Water Act in the worst danger it has seen in the 50 years since it became law.
With the future of clean water on the line, we need the Environmental Protection Agency to do everything in its power to keep our water clean and our communities healthy. Tell EPA Administrator Regan to accelerate the agency’s regulatory work to protect our water.
As this case is being heard, megadroughts are wreaking havoc in the Western United States, communities in the South are grappling with unprecedented flooding, and residents of multiple cities, like Jackson and Flint, are simply unable to drink their water. Yet, the Sacketts, their lawyers, and allies continue to insist that private landowners should be able to act with impunity, no matter the impact of their actions. This mentality runs in the face of morality and science — our actions as individuals always affect others, just as polluting an upstream water source harms everyone downstream.
Problems that impact all of us require comprehensive laws that protect everyone. The Clean Water Act — one of the most successful environmental statutes in our history — is one of those laws. Undermining it will harm us all for the benefit of a few. Join us in telling Administrator Regan to channel his agency’s resources to defend clean water.