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Clean Water Opportunities: Sackett Case & Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary

On the eve of the Clean Water Act's 50th anniversary, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Sackett v. EPA, a case that could drastically limit the scope of the Act. The Sacketts have asked the Court to issue a decision that could result in removing all Clean Water Act protections from over half of the nation's remaining wetlands and millions of miles of streams. The oral arguments in Sackett v. EPA will take place on October 3, and the Clean Water for All Coalition is hosting a webinar today, September 22 at 1pm ET to share opportunities for engaging in activities in connection with the case.
More opportunities and resources to engage and share:
  • Visit the Clean Water for All Coalition's website for sharing events and resources around the Sackett case and the Clean Water Act's 50th anniversary. Fill out the form at the bottom of that page to add your own clean water events or resources.
  • TODAY, Thursday, September 22nd at 1pm ET, Clean Water for All will host a community webinar about the Sackett case and opportunities to engage. Register here.
  • On Thursday, September 29th, Clean Water for All will co-host an all-day symposium at American University to commemorate the Clean Water Act's 50th anniversary with the premier of the documentary Upstream, Downriver and panel discussions. Register here.
  • On Monday, October 3rd, as the Supreme Court opens with oral arguments of the Sackett case, Clean Water for All will host a rally to Protect Our Waters at the Supreme Court. Register here and share with your organizations and networks. 
  • If you are interested in being a spokesperson for the campaign or engaging further, please fill out this form to let Clean Water for All know. 
  • Toolkits: On the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary and on Defending Clean Water at the Sackett Supreme Court case
  • Clean Water Act 101 factsheet (English | Español), from WPN member National Wildlife Federation

Permitting Bill Text Released

As many have heard, proposed permitting legislation could permanently change the permitting and National Environmental Policy Act review processes for energy projects. On September 21, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia released the permitting bill text. Many WPN members have been calling on Congress to stop this "dirty side deal" from moving forward. The proposed permitting legislation is part of a deal that Democratic leadership reached with Senator Manchin in exchange for Manchin's earlier support of the Inflation Reduction Act. The permitting legislation could be attached to legislation that must be passed to continue funding the federal government through the end of the year. Explore the resources below for more information.

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122 Organizations Support EPA's Proposed Protections for Bristol Bay to Stop Pebble Mine

In early September, the comment period closed on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposed protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. 122 organizations - including many WPN members and led by member NRDC - joined this group letter to the EPA to support finalizing protections for the watershed from the threat of large-scale mining. NRDC submitted the letter on September 6, and we share their thanks to everyone who joined the letter, continuing the years-long fight to stop Pebble Mine and protect Bristol Bay!

The next steps in the 404(c) regulatory process are for the EPA Region 10 Administrator to issue a Recommended Determination and then for EPA Headquarters to issue a Final Determination. If finalized, this would help protect Bristol Bay's Indigenous and local communities, rivers and wetlands, and the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery from the massive open-pit Pebble Mine. Many Water Protection Network members have been part of the years-long fight to stop Pebble and protect Bristol Bay.

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Nominations due September 30: America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2023

WPN member American Rivers is still accepting nominations for next year's list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. To nominate a river, complete the Most Endangered Rivers 2023 Nomination Form by  Friday, September 30, 2022.

The 10 rivers selected as America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2023 will be spotlighted in a report released on April 18, 2023, that receives national media and advocacy. Partners will also receive comprehensive communications, outreach and advocacy partnership from American Rivers to motivate real change for rivers at risk.  

Your river is eligible if it meets the following primary criteria:

  • The public can influence a decision in the coming year that will impact the river’s fate.
  • The river holds deep meaning to people and nature.
  • The magnitude of threat to the river and its communities is significant, especially in light of a changing climate and/or environmental justice. 

American Rivers would especially like to highlight rivers where communities are impacted by environmental justice concerns. We hope that if you know of such a place where a decision on a river issue could impact a marginalized community, that you consider submitting a nomination. 

Learn more about American Rivers and the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign and also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please contact Simone Sampson with any questions about this year's process or nomination form.

More News & Resources 

WPN members, please email Ilana Rubin to share your own highlights, news, or resources for future WPN Update emails.

Recent Public Notices

Below is a non-comprehensive list of recent Corps of Engineers public notices from the Federal Register and Corps district websites, and select notices from other federal agencies. These are listed by the date published, with important deadlines and meeting dates in parentheses.

Please visit, Corps division and district websites, and other federal agencies' websites for additional public notices. Click here for examples of comments and letters submitted by WPN members to the Corps and other federal agencies and decision-makers.

Corps of Engineers Notices

Other Agency Notices
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