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New Orleans, LA – In response to today’s Supreme Court’s decision weakening the EPA’s ability to enforce wetland protections, Dr. Beverly Wright, Founding Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, released the following statement:

“Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has removed an important protection in our nation. This time the target is wetlands that filter out pollutants from waterways and provide important defenses against major storms and flood events, now supercharged by climate change. In Louisiana and other coastal states, Black and other communities of color are working to preserve and protect their wetlands from projects that entail draining and cementing over them. The Supreme Court has gutted Clean Water Act protections for these wetlands and sets developers loose to destroy them. This decision is an injustice to communities across America where flood risks have been mitigated by wetlands.”


About the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Families in the Gulf Coast deserve to live in communities that are free from deadly air and are more resilient to climate change and extreme weather. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) works to empower and engage communities to put environmental justice and equity at the center of all climate action. Led by environmental justice scholar and advocate, author, civic leader and professor of Sociology Dr. Beverly L. Wright, the DSCEJ uses research, education, and community and student engagement to advocate for policy change, lead health and safety training for environmental careers, develop social and emotional community wellness programs, and create new and environmentally healthy opportunities for the residents of communities disproportionately impacted by historic environmental injustice. ​​​​​​​