California and the state of California are among the states that get clean drinking water from a federally funded program called the California Clean Water Rule.
The rule is meant to keep people safe from potentially deadly algae blooms in the Sierra Nevadas rivers, streams and lakes, but its provisions also allow for the development of new chemicals that can kill fish and reduce the amount of nutrients needed to make salmon and other fish healthy.
The rules were put in place to protect public health, and while the federal government has said that those provisions are in place, critics say the EPA is not taking the steps necessary to protect California’s environment.
California has been the focus of much criticism over its use of water from federal and state parks and other federal programs.
And now the federal agency is asking for help in fighting the algae bloom.
EPA officials said the state’s Clean Water Act does not cover the algae-bloom risk.
But they added that the state is in compliance with the rules, and the EPA expects the state will comply.
The EPA also plans to issue guidance to the states to make sure their use of federal programs meets federal environmental standards.
EPA Director Scott Pruitt told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in September that the agency is considering new ways to regulate California’s water.
And in October, Pruitt issued a memo calling on states to ensure they have a clear and consistent framework for protecting their environment and protecting people.