In dry New Mexico, thousands of spring-fed wetlands and prairie potholes aren’t always connected to a flowing river but are vital watering holes for migratory birds and wildlife.
The question is whether or not those water sources will be protected under the federal Clean Water Act as it undergoes a contentious face-lift. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday released a proposed rule that defines which waters fall under the 1972 federal law. The agencies are seeking public comment on the changes.
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