Showing Support for the Clean Water Rule

Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Check out what these elected officials, sportsmen, farmers, and small business owners have to say this week about why clean water is important for each of them. Clean water helps businesses thrive – Bloomington Pantagraph, 6/28 “Water is the most valuable resource on our farms. Without it, we can’t feed our cattle, our goats and our pigs. We can’t irrigate the fields that sustain more than a hundred varieties of vegetables and fruits. Ultimately, we can’t serve the customers who make the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group a thriving business for us and our 70 employees.” Congress must not muddy Clean Water Act protections – Sun Journal, 6/28 “Beer, fish and lamprey. These are a few of my favorite things and they all depend on clean, unpolluted water. Luckily I am able to enjoy all three living in Harrison on the Crooked River, a class AA stream and the main tributary for Sebago Lake. As a fisherman, the owner of the Acme Lamprey Company and the owner of Penneseewassee Brewing Company, clean cold water is as critical to me as the lamprey I catch and sell to research institutions and the beer I brew and market.” New EPA water rule protects life in the West – Post Independent, 6/27 “’In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything.’ — Wayne Aspinall Aspinall had it mostly right. You could also add that in the West, water touches everything. Water is the single most important facet for life in the arid West. All life. Water is not...

Showing Support for the Clean Water Rule

Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Check out what these sportsmen, craft brewers, farmers, and small business owners have to say about why water is important for each of them. Clean water is the cornerstone of Maine’s economy – Bangor Daily News, 6/22/15 “For nearly 70 years I have enjoyed the beauty of Maine’s outdoors, from the majestic Down East lakes to the remote ponds, streams and rivers throughout our western mountains and North Woods. As a sportsman and proud Mainer, access to our state’s public lands and waters is critical to our way of life.” As a local craft brewer, I support the EPA’s new Clean Water Rule – New Hampshire Union Leader, 6/18/15 “The Clean Water Rule is good news for both brewers and the communities we serve. Beer, after all, is more than 90 percent water, and if our source of water is at risk, so is our business. New Hampshire’s breweries contribute millions of dollars to our state’s economy and support thousands of jobs, and all of us are dependent on a clean, reliable water supply.” New rule safeguards Clean Water Act – The Denver Post, 6/17/15 “For nearly 15 years, 10,000 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands in Colorado have been at greater risk of being polluted or destroyed due to confusion over what bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act. That all changed last week thanks to a new rule from the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that restores protections to the vital waters that provide habitat...

A Clean Water History Lesson

By Jon Scott , Clean Water Action Director of Corporate Relations – Follow Jon on Twitter (@JScottNH) This post was originally published on We All Live Downstream Richard M. Nixon (R) 1969-1974 (1972 Clean Water Act veto over-ridden by Congress, which passed the law and overrode the veto with strong bipartisan support. After veto attempt and unsuccessful attempt to embargo Clean Water Act funding, upholds the Clean Water Act) Gerald R. Ford (R) 1974-1977 (upholds the Clean Water Act) Jimmy Carter (D) 1977-1981 (upholds the Clean Water Act) Ronald W. Reagan (R) 1981-1989 (upholds the Clean Water Act) George H.W. Bush (R) 1989-1993 (upholds the Clean Water Act) Bill Clinton (D) 1993-2000 (upholds the Clean Water Act) George W. Bush (R) 2001-2008 (September 19, 2003, near the Clean Water Act’s 30th Anniversary, Administration officials announce planned assault on fundamental Clean Water Act protections for small streams, wetlands and drinking water sources. Resulting changes hamstring enforcement, jeopardizing drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans.) Barack Obama (D) 2009-2017 (May 27, 2015 releases final Clean Water Rule to fix Clean Water Act loopholes, restoring most protections in place.) The new Clean Water Rule issued by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers restores most of the protections that had been in place during the Clean Water Act’s first three decades. One of the nation’s most popular and successful environmental laws, the Clean Water Act has enjoyed broad bipartisan support since its initial passage. Only recently – within the past decade or so – has extreme anti-environment sentiment in Congress and elsewhere taken on such a distressing and...