The repeal of an Obama-era clean water regulation by President Donald Trump isn’t sitting well with one local lawmaker. 

The clean water rule was adopted in 2015.  It allowed the federal government to limit the discharge of pollution and chemicals in lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. 

Now that the rule has been repealed, Democratic Representative Lauren Carson of Newport says the ripple effects will be felt locally.

“The greatest impact will be on our rivers and our bays, particularly in Rhode Island,' Carson said.  'Our wetlands on Cape Cod and down in South County will also be severely affected by this.”

Many business leaders had spoken out against the clean water rule, claiming it was effecting their operations. Carson, however, doesn't see it that way.

"We know that pesticides are hazardous' she said.  'We know that certain materials used on roadways are hazardous.  We know they’re flowing into streams and rivers.  I think businesses have a responsibility, particularly when the public really wants change, to adapt their practices.”

The new clean water regulation restricts the number of waterways the federal government can oversee, including ditches, storm water control facilities, and groundwater systems.

Carson says the change will impact the drinking water of millions of Americans.