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Northern Virginia Voters are Vital to the Fight to Protect Clean Water

Northern Virginia is absolutely vital to clean water efforts in this part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

That is why we can't let Congress roll back vital safeguards that reduce power plant air and wastewater pollution and methane emissions. We can't let Congress get in the way of plans to improve coal ash storage and disposal. And, most critically, we need representatives in Congress who will defend protections for the small streams and wetlands that receive much of the agricultural and urban polluted runoff that is chocking the Chesapeake Bay.

This is why elections matter. Clean Water Action engages voters throughout Northern Virginia to turn out and vote. And then hold their elected official accountable.

Educating residents and decision-makers in 2015 on the need to protect clean water encouraged Northern Virginia representatives in Congress and Virginia’s General Assembly to support and sponsor legislation to increase local funding for stormwater projects and agricultural best management practices, and protect Virginia’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay by addressing regulatory deficiencies in the state’s toxic coal ash storage and disposal programs.

Northern Virginia has a big role to play when it comes to statewide and national elections. In addition, election outcomes in Northern Virginia can influence local elections and policy outcomes to the benefit of local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

This election day, we are not just deciding who the next president and members of the U.S. Congress will be – we are making a statement about what’s important to us and our family. The people we elect on November 8th will determine policy outcomes that affect the health of our communities, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Your vote is your voice. So be a clean water voter and make sure our leaders will work to protect our environment and communities.

Find your polling location here, and vote for a clean, healthy environment on November 8th!