Our clean water is at risk! We have to act now.
In 2015, commonsense protections for streams and wetlands known as the Clean Water Rule went into place. These safeguards protected the small streams that feed the drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans. They protected wetlands throughout the South that filter pollutants from our water, absorb floodwaters and buffer our communities from storms, and provide habitat for countless wildlife. It was a no-brainer supported by millions of Americans and backed by science. It was a huge victory for our water.
But that is all at risk now.
Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act would put drinking water and natural waterways at risk!
The Trump administration has proposed rolling-back these clean water protections and putting our small streams, drinking water sources, and wetlands at risk. We can't let that happen. Make your voice heard - send a message to EPA today. Tell Administrator Scott Pruitt: We want clean water protections.
Clean Water is essential to the health or our families and communities, and necessary for our local economy. We rely on these small streams for drinking water and these wetlands to protect our communities and feed our fisheries. Breweries, fisheries, outdoor recreation businesses, and other small businesses need clean water to succeed. Wildlife depend on the habitat these waters provide. The fact is - anyone who needs clean water, which is everyone, must make sure our small streams and wetlands are protected. That's why we must act now. We can't let the Trump administration put our water at risk.
Take action today by visiting the EPA website and submitting your comments. Click on the "Comment Now" button on the upper right.
Prefer to send a letter by snail mail? Here's what to do:
1. Download our Word document of a draft comment letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt. (If you're unable to download it, you can copy and paste the text below this section into your word processing software.)
2. Insert your address, date, and name and/or signature into the highlighted sections.
3. Feel free to customize the letter or even send your entirely own version. Personal comments about why clean water matters to YOU will make a big impact!
4. Mail the letter to Administrator Pruitt at the address in the letter. Remember that comments must be RECEIVED by September 27.
Copy & paste content (for those unable to download the document):
[INSERT YOUR ADDRESS]
[INSERT TODAY’S DATE]
The Honorable Scott Pruitt
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of the Administrator
Mail Code 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
RE: Docket ID EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203
Dear Administrator Pruitt,
The last thing we should do is weaken protections for clean water. I oppose the proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule.
This roll-back is dangerous. Clean water is critical to healthy families and communities and essential to a strong economy. Repealing this commonsense safeguard puts us at risk. It will remove Clean Water Act protections for the streams that feed the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans. It will endanger 20 million acres of wetlands that provide habitat for wildlife throughout the nation. It could allow the pollution and destruction of the water resources small businesses like craft breweries and outdoor recreation companies rely on.
Repealing the Clean Water Rule is shortsighted and flies in the face of public opinion. More than 800,000 Americans supported the Clean Water Rule when it was proposed. It is grounded in science and the law. It is an essential tool to help us to get to the goal of ensuring all of our waters are swimmable, fishable, and drinkable.
Please stop the repeal process and get back to EPA's mission - protecting human health and the environment.
Thank you for considering my concerns.
[INSERT YOUR NAME AND/OR SIGNATURE]
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