A combination of Bush administration actions and Supreme Court decisions have weakened regulations

Posted December 1, 2008

The Obama administration and the next Congress are being urged, by a growing number of academics, environmentalists, and lawmakers, to address the country’s water problems, including its dwindling supplies, inadequate environmental protections, and stalled cleanup efforts.

Over the past decade, a potent combination of Supreme Court decisions, Bush administration regulatory actions, and congressional inaction—coupled with recent droughts and the specter of more pronounced problems from climate change—has helped breed crises of both water quality and water availability, they say.