Rulings drain protections for state waterways

Supreme Court decisions and the Bush years limited the Clean Water Act's scope, but guidelines are changing.

By Mark Jaffe The Denver Post

An analysis by Trout Unlimited, a sportsmen's group, of 500 discharges found that a quarter of them were on nonperennial streams.

"Those plants could make an argument they are no longer under the Clean Water Act," said Melinda Kassen, a Trout Unlimited attorney. "We have to be careful we don't treat our streams and rivers as industrial sewers."