HooRWA is a citizens’ group that looks after the river. We are dedicated to the conservation, habitat restoration and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed, through education, research and advocacy. We envision a watershed that is ecologically sound and adds to the quality of life for its residents.
The HooRWA board voted at its June 13 2023 meeting to endorse the original intent of the Clean Water Act, based on our conviction that the waters still covered cannot be protected unless the wetlands that feed into them are. Thomas Jorling, co-author of the Clear Water Act, made it clear, at a HooRWA event last December celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Act, that the intent was to protect all the wetlands. The Supreme Court in May limited federal protection: “We hold that the CWA extends to only those wetlands with a continuous surface connection to bodies that are ‘waters of the United States’ in their own right, so that they are ‘indistinguishable’ from those waters,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito for the 5 – 4 majority.
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HooRWA’s 2022 Annual Report is now available. Click HERE to read it.