Water Quality
May 27 2015

Victory for Clean Water!

by Mara Dias

UPDATE!!  A new bill has been proposed in the Senate that would repeal the new Clean Water Rule and force EPA to start their rulemaking process all over again.  It has already passed through the Senate Committee for the Environment and Public Works based on party lines, and now awaits its turn to be considered by the full Senate.  The Senate needs 60 votes to pass this bad bill which will basically cripple the Clean Water Act, and its going to be a close vote.  More here.

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The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today, May 27, 2015, restoring Clean Water Act protections to nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans

We all need clean water.  Clean water is necessary for life.  It is good for business, and it is great for playing in. 

This quick video by Environment America does a great job at explaining why Clean Water and the Clean Water Rule should be important to everyone!

 

A Senate committee just voted to undo restored Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways. Many Senators are not listening to the more than 800,000 Americans who have voiced their support for clean water -- 12 of whom you can see and hear in this short video. Please tell the Senate to protect clean water at http://bit.ly/1IvANmH.

The Surfrider Foundation congratulates the Administration in their determination to finalize this rule despite pressure that industry and polluters are putting on Congress to try to keep EPA from doing their job and protecting clean water.  We enjoy the good news today, but our work is still not finished.  It is still important to let your members of Congress know that you (and 80% of Americans polled) support the Clean Water Rule and ask them to not interfere with its implementation.  Click here to send an email to your elected officials in DC. 

Read the press release from EPA regarding the finalized Clean Water Rule here,  or check out this fact sheet on the impact of clean water on recreational activities and the multi-billion economies that they support here.

Ecowatch has also posted an excellent article about why the Clean Water Rule is so important and why we need to continue to protect the Clean Water Act from efforts being made by some members of Congress to strip its authority away and impede implementation.  http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/28/epa-clean-water-rule/