Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to request that you become an original cosponsor of The Clean Water Authority Restoration Act of 2007 to reaffirm the primary objective of the Clean Water Act: protecting all of our nation's waters from pollution and destruction.
I understand that this bipartisan legislation will be reintroduced soon in the 110th Congress by Representatives James Oberstar (D-MN), John Dingell (D-MI), and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).
Developers, the oil industry, and other polluters are seeking to radically narrow the scope of the Clean Water Act so that it would provide protections only for water bodies large enough to support commercial shipping.
This would leave the vast majority of the nation's streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands without any federal anti-pollution protections at all.
According to the EPA, this move would place up to 59 percent of the nation's total streams at risk, jeopardize the safety of surface waters used as drinking water supplies for more than 110 million Americans, and could mean the pollution or destruction of millions of acres of wetlands across the country needed for flood control, fishing, wildlife habitat, recreation, and other purposes.
A June 2006 Supreme Court ruling has helped place many of these waters in jeopardy of losing Clean Water Act safeguards.
I am disappointed that the court decided not to allow the greatest protections for lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, and wetlands that provide drinking water supplies to one in every three Americans, to be covered by the Clean Water Act.
The Supreme Court decision highlights more than ever the need for Congress to take action, reaffirming and clarifying once and for all that the Clean Water Act protects all waters of the United States.
Congress must live up to its responsibility to ensure that all communities have safe and healthy waters by passing The Clean Water Authority Restoration Act.
If you have not already, please become an original cosponsor this bill today!