On June 7th, Clean Water Action’s National Field Canvass delivered 390 postcards and over 800 letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from Clean Water Action members across the country in opposition to the Administration’s proposed loophole to the Clean Water Act.
Virginia greatly depends on Clean Water Act protections for safe drinking water, healthy wildlife habitats and profitable industries reliant on clean water. The Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented proposed rollback of Clean Water protections directly conflicts with these priorities. The Dirty Water Rule would have numerous adverse impacts on:
As public attention is focused on drinking water in light of the crisis in Flint, Michigan you would think that clarifying that we want to protect all of our water resources would be a no brainer. But the Clean Water Rule remains tangled up in litigation brought by powerful special interests and some states, including Michigan.
Despite massive popular support for the Clean Water Rule, Republicans in Congress have tried to stop it since the day it was proposed. They finally got enough votes in both Houses to get something to the President's desk - SJ Res 22, a "Resolution of Disapproval" under the Congress Review Act. President Obama vetoed Congress' latest attempt to kill commonsense safeguards for our water last night. It seems like it took him all of 30 seconds to make the decision. This a huge win for anyone who cares about clean water.
Two events today illustrate the divide on clean water protection here in our nation’s capital. The first was today’s finalization of Clean Water Act limits on toxic water discharges from power plants.
Having a healthy water source is critical to our economy. From agriculture, to wildlife, to craft brewing, and clean tech, clean water is the lifeblood to it all. Headwater and seasonal streams feed the drinking water sources of two out of every three Marylanders.
This week we are celebrating the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule, which restores Clean Water Act protections to tributary streams and wetlands.