Take Action: Protect America’s Water!

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“I strongly support the effort of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to clarify which waters of the United States are protected under the Clean Water Act and to restore a common sense approach to protecting our nation’s lakes, rivers, and streams. I urge them to finalize a rule that is protective of all streams and wetlands — including wetlands outside of floodplains — that directly influence the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the nation’s rivers, lakes and bays.”

Dear Friends,

Over 40 years ago, two-thirds of America’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters were unsafe for fishing and swimming. Because of the Clean Water Act, that number has been cut in half. However, one-third of the nation’s waters are still in trouble.

The Obama administration recently proposed a new rule to clarify which wetlands and streams in the U.S. are covered under the Clean Water Act.

This proposal will finally restore protections, as originally intended, to almost all of the nation’s fresh waters — ensuring safe drinking water for 117 million Americans.1

This is great news, but some polluters are actively working to stop the restoration of our nation’s clean water protections.2

Let’s send 40,000 comments to the Obama administration and let them know when they act to protect America’s waters we’ve got their back. Send your message now!

Clean water is essential to every single American, from families and communities who rely on clean water to drink, safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations.

But one in three American’s gets their drinking water from public systems that rely on seasonal, rain-dependent and headwater streams. Most of these waters are at risk of pollution due to confusing Supreme Court rulings and unclear agency guidance. This proposal will provide clarity and the protections needed to ensure these waters are safe and healthy for everyone.

The proposal is also supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, including a draft scientific assessment by EPA, which presents a review and synthesis of more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature.

Send your message in support of the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s new proposal and protect America’s water!

Thanks for all you do for the environment,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

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[1] “Waters of the United States,” United States Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed 24 April 2014.

[2] Snider, Annie, “Water Policy: Major Obama proposal doesn’t change ag rules — so why are farm groups so worried?” E&E Publishing LLC. 17 April 2914.

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