New Mexican officials fight federal proposal to change water protections

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State officials are waiting for a response from the EPA after firing off a letter protesting a proposal to change water protection restrictions. 

The Trump administration wants to eliminate the Clean Water Act protections for certain waterways. The Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting that if that happens, 90% of the state’s already fragile rivers and arroyos would be made more vulnerable to pollutants and contamination. 

State Environment Secretary James Kenney says the proposal would significantly impact those who rely in the waterways for drinking water. In the letter, Kenney voices concern over the proposal stating the waterways sometimes run dry.

The Attorney General’s Office is among the 14 states including the District of Columbia to file protest in response to the proposal. The group argues that nationally, the proposal would end federal oversight to 15% of streams in addition to over half of America’s wetland. 

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