Save the Clean Water Act!

Send an Official Comment!

In 1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act to make the nation's waters safe for fishing and swimming, reduce harmful discharges of pollution, and protect the nation's wetlands. Now, 30 years later, this landmark law and the waters it protects are under attack.

In January, 2003 the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published a proposal that is the first step in severely limiting the ability of the Clean Water Act to protect many of our nation's waters. The pollution or destruction of small streams, wetlands and ponds they are targeting will lead to significantly more flooding, pollution and accelerated loss of wildlife habitat and pose significant threats to human and environmental health.

This new proposal would make it easier for industry and developers to pollute or destroy non-navigable wetlands, streams, and ponds. Pollution dumped into the upper reaches of watersheds not only damages and destroys those smaller, but still ecologically vital, aquatic habitats waters, but ends up harming lakes, rivers and coastal waters downstream as well.

Take Action!

Tell the Bush administration that corporate polluters must not be allowed to turn back the 30 years of progress made under the Clean Water Act. Sign the letter below and tell the EPA and your members of Congress that they must make sure that the Clean Water Act continues to protect all of our nation's waters. The EPA is accepting public comments on this issue until April 16, so send your letter to the agency today!

To:
Your Congressperson
Your Senators

Cc: Public Comment to the EPA Water Docket
Attn: Docket ID No. OW-2002-0050

Dear Representative/Senator,

I strongly oppose the Bush administration's efforts to eliminate Clean Water Act protections for many of the nation's waters, including streams, wetlands, small ponds and other waters. I urge you to express your opposition to the administration’s recently announced advance notice of proposed rulemaking and accompanying guidance, and to do all you can to make sure that all of the nation’s waters remain protected by the Clean Water Act as they have been for the last 30 years.

The EPA's and Corps of Engineers' January 15 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an attempt to limit the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction over waters that are important to public health and the environment. This proposal is in direct conflict with the original intent of the Clean Water Act -- to maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of all waters of the United States.

Limiting the scope of the Clean Water Act will have devastating effects. Removing essential federal safeguards against destruction and degradation will:
• place community water supplies at risk
• result in more polluted streams, rivers and coastal waters
• increase flooding, as destroyed wetlands will no longer be able to absorb flood waters, and
• harm endangered and threatened wildlife species - 43 percent of which rely on wetlands for survival.

Please tell the Bush administration not to go forward with any rulemaking proposal to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act and hinder the ability of communities nationwide to safeguard their valuable water resources.

Sincerely,
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