Updates, Beach Act, Water Quality
January 20 2016

President Obama Stands Up for Clean Water

by Mara Dias

President Obama vetoes bill to nullify the Clean Water Rule

As promised, President Obama refused to sign a Resolution of Disapproval passed by Congress to nullify the Clean Water Rule that was issued by the EPA to clarify jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.  The Surfrider Foundation supports the Clean Water Rule because healthy headwaters lead to clean water at the beach, and this administrative action restores protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands and two million miles of streams.  The rule has faced heated opposition from polluters though who don't want to change the way they are doing things and the agriculture lobby that has spread untruths about the reach of this administrative action.  Learn more about attempts by Congress to undue the Clean Water Rule here

We applaud President Obama for staying true to his promise to defend Clean Water. 

Read the The White House's Office of the Press Secretary's release announcing this Presidential action below.

Veto Message from the President -- S.J. 22

To the Senate of the United States: 
I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act.  The rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation's waters and keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the United States Supreme Court.    
We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of our businesses, agriculture,and energy development.  As I have noted before, too many of our waters have been left vulnerable.  Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their drinking water, recreation, and economic development. Clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act helps to protect these resources and safeguard public health.  Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it.  I am therefore vetoing this resolution.
Barack Obama
The White House
January 19, 2016​