our wetlands and streams are at risk.
the president can do something about that.
Today, nearly 20 million acres of wetlands are at risk. Because they lack protection under the Clean Water Act, these vital parts of our water infrastructure are vulnerable to destruction by unaccountable polluters. The President has proposed to fix this problem and protect ALL of our wetlands. We support him and we need you to join us.
The solution is simple: update the Clean Water Act to cover ALL wetlands. The President and the EPA have a plan to do that. We just need to make sure they know how much you support protections for our wetlands.
40 years ago both political parties were gravely concerned about an increasing water pollution problem and recognized that the federal government should play a strong role to ensure a clean water future. The result was the Clean Water Act. For three decades, we made great clean water progress and saved many of our rivers, lakes, and streams.
Unfortunately, under current federal policies many streams, wetlands and other bodies of water are more vulnerable to pollution and destruction than they were thirty years ago.
The Obama Administration has proposed to fix this problem but powerful special interests oppose this clean water progress. They’ve already gotten their allies in Congress to attempt to block the Administration’s proposals several times this past year. With your help we have fended off these attacks.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) have begun to tackle this problem with draft “Guidance” to state and regional permitting officials. The Guidance was released in April 2011 during the announcement of an Obama Administration “framework” which outlines a comprehensive approach to water issues. It’s a commitment to protecting water resources in order to promote healthy communities and strong economies. The next step is a formal “rulemaking” process to clarify which waters the Clean Water Act is meant to protect.
Powerful special interests have vowed to oppose these common-sense updates to our federal water protection policies. Public support is essential to making sure they move forward.
Our water should not be used as dumping grounds for polluters. Please let your voice be heard and don’t let polluters have the final say.