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The Great Lakes region has seen significant improvement since the river fires of 1969, bringing people back the waters they know and love.
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Here’s what to know about how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Sackett v EPA changing wetland protection impacts the Great Lakes region.
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Federal protections for many wetlands have been removed. Some states have laws to protect those wetlands, but some are stronger than others.
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EPA wants Native American tribes to implement water quality standards equivalent to the Clean Water Act’s requirements-
The U.S. EPA proposes federal baseline water quality standards for lakes and streams on reservations.
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Experts and activists agree many waterways are healthier now.
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Nonprofit report points to outdated Clean Water Act for the miles of polluted rivers across the U.S.-
Three of the Great Lakes states are first, fourth and eighth for states with the highest mileage of dirty rivers and streams, according to the report.
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The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.