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What's Included This Week:

LAST CHANCE: Comment Now to Protect Clean Water!

We need your help to fight the worst rollback of clean water protections in the 46 year history of the Clean Water Act! Please join many Water Protection Network members in urging people to comment in opposition to the proposed "Waters of the United State" rule that would leave many of our drinking water sources, fish habitat, a fifth of our streams and half of our wetlands without Clean Water Act protections against pollution and destruction! With only six days left until the April 15 public comment period deadline, we need your help now to oppose attack on essential clean water protections!

How to Help:

Comment to Oppose Massive Mine Threatening Pristine Headwaters

The Pebble Mine project - a massive open-pit mine slated for the pristine headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay - could wreak havoc on the world's largest salmon fishery as well as local tribes, the regional economy of Bristol Bay, and many wildlife species. Read more from WPN member NRDC here and from Save Bristol Bay here, and take action below to oppose Pebble Mine and the Corps of Engineers' deeply flawed Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The public comment deadline is May 30 for the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Take Action:

EPA is "Reviewing" 2008 Veto of the Yazoo Pumps Project

Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that EPA is "reviewing" a 2008 veto that stopped construction of the Yazoo Backwater Area Pumps in Mississippi - a project that has been opposed by many WPN members for decades. The 2008 veto, which was issued by the George W. Bush Administration, protected 200,000 acres of ecologically significant wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River flyway. The Governor of Mississippi has been lobbying for the veto review, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James, the top political official for the Corps of Engineers, has also supported the project in the past. Last Congress, WPN members fought off an appropriations rider - opposed by 87 groups last January - that would have directed immediate construction of the Yazoo Pumps. The Water Protection Network will be watching this effort closely.

Selected Recent News and Reports

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Public Notices, Comment Periods, and Upcoming Meetings

Please see past WPN Updates for earlier notices, and visit and federal agencies' own websites for complete listings of public notices, proposed rules, and rules. The Corps of Engineers may post additional public notices and related information not listed above on their division-level or district-level websites. Click here for a map with links to their division and district websites.

Corps of Engineers

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Interior Department

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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