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As early as next year, President Trump plans to finalize an aggressive rollback of clean water rules that would lift limits on how much pollution could be dumped into small streams and wetlands.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-31/trumps-plans-to-strip-clean-water-protections-leave-new-mexico-fearing-pollution-health-risks 

The implications in California could be colossal, especially where water is scarce and warming temperatures are making a dry climate even drier.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-31/trumps-plans-to-strip-clean-water-protections-leave-new-mexico-fearing-pollution-health-risks 

Nowhere are the stakes as high as they are in New Mexico.

Environmental regulators estimate the new rule could leave 96% of the state’s waterways and wetlands unprotected from industrial discharges, pesticide runoff and other pollutants.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-31/trumps-plans-to-strip-clean-water-protections-leave-new-mexico-fearing-pollution-health-risks 

The proposal has left New Mexicans worried about how they can defend their rivers and streams from upstream polluters unconstrained by the new rule.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-31/trumps-plans-to-strip-clean-water-protections-leave-new-mexico-fearing-pollution-health-risks 


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