Surfrider Foundation condemns the Trump Administration’s attack on the Clean Water Rule

February 28 2017

Today, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin the process of repealing the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule restores protections under the Clean Water Act to upstream intermittent streams and wetlands. These waters contribute to U.S. drinking water supplies, provide flood protection and recreational opportunities, and support healthy communities, strong economies and resilient coasts. The administration’s executive order puts nearly 20 million acres of wetlands and two million miles of streams that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk.

“The Surfrider Foundation is alarmed to see the Trump Administration attack the important work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and attempt to roll back the Clean Water Rule,” said Surfrider Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen. “Our nation’s streams and wetlands need our protection. They are important habitats and also impact the quality of downstream coastal waters enjoyed by millions of Americans who visit the beach each year. Surfrider calls upon all elected officials in the U.S to hold the Administration accountable for protecting clean water and public health.”

Surfrider will continue to work with a national network of NGOs that is dedicated to challenging all attempts to weaken the EPA’s ability to protect clean water. Find out more about how to ensure that the EPA has the continued support of Congress to make sure the agency can continue to do its job of protecting clean air, clean water and the health of all Americans.

About Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, activists and members, with more than 80 volunteer-led chapters and 60 clubs in the U.S., and more than 400 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at