Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement in response to a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to update and clarify protections under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands:

Senator Boxer said: "I am so pleased that the EPA and Army Corps are taking important steps to provide certainty and clarity to ensure that our wetlands and streams are protected. Communities and businesses depend on a safe water supply, and the proposed rule will provide the consistency and predictability that is needed to safeguard the nation's water resources."