On April 10th, Trump issued an Executive Order that limits states’ ability to protect their own water resources from harmful pipelines and other dirty energy projects.
Every time it rains, the combined sewer systems of Washington D.C. and the City of Alexandria dump untreated sewage into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Although the District has begun projects designed to prevent raw sewage from entering local waterways and rivers, such as holding tunnels, Alexandria recently missed an opportunity to adopt a modern Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for its own aging sewer system.
Right now, over 90 percent of New Jersey's waters do not meet one or more water quality standards. These standards are set by New Jersey under the law and the state is obligated to meet them.
So, one would think that our state government would be doing all they can to improve the quality of our water by ensuring the standards are enforced. Nope. They are, in fact, doing the complete opposite.
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.
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.