A Landmark for Clean Water

American Rivers * Clean Water Action * Environment America * Natural Resources Defense Council * League of Conservation Voters * Prairie Rivers Network * River Network * Sierra Club FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Kelly, 202.393.5449, mkelly@cleanwater.org Washington (August 28, 2015) – A coalition of conservation groups today said they are mobilizing their millions of members and activists in support of the Clean Water Rule and to oppose efforts in Congress to block it. Their call comes as the long-awaited rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps), took effect across most of the nation on Friday, August 28. Unfortunately, due to a temporary injunction issued by the District of North Dakota, EPA and the Corps cannot implement the rule in 13 states involved in litigation. In a group statement, American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Environment America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters, Prairie Rivers Network, River Network, and Sierra Club said:  “Today is a landmark in the history of clean water protection. Though we are disappointed by the temporary injunction in North Dakota, which leaves the water families and communities rely on in 13 states at risk of pollution and destruction, we are confident that commonsense, science-based protections for our water will prevail in the courts. The Clean Water Act authorizes EPA and the Corps to safeguard the bodies of water that have a significant impact on downstream waters and that is what the Clean Water Rule does. Public support for the Clean Water Rule has never wavered and Americans will not tolerate efforts, in Congress or the...

Showing Support for the Clean Water Rule

Voices from all across the United States are standing up for the protection of clean water. Check out what folks have to say this week about why clean and safe water is a must. New federal rules protect Minnesota’s clean water – Duluth News Tribune, 8/22 “Every summer our family fishes in Northeastern Minnesota. We have our favorite spots. As a parent and steward of the environment, I am especially proud of our nation and state for protecting this experience.” In our best interest: Clean Water Rule common sense – Arkansas Online, 8/21 “Protecting these streams and wetlands is in our own best interest. The streams at risk provide drinking water to nearly one million people. There are nearly 400 polluting facilities located on or near these streams. Arkansas has lost 72 percent of its wetlands since the 1780s, greater than any other inland...

Showing Support for the Clean Water Rule

Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Read what these residents of Kansas and Minnesota have to say this week about the importance of clean water for their health and well-being. People need clean water – The Daily Star-Journal, 8/17 “Not long ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Anyone who’s had this happen to them, or someone they love, knows how devastating this diagnosis can be. And like anyone would be, I was frightened, but I was also determined to find the cause.” Clean Water Rule protects our lakes, drinking water – Detroit Lakes Online, 8/16 “Every summer in Minnesota, we hear about children and dogs getting sick from ingesting water polluted with toxic urban and agricultural runoff. It is a frustrating reminder of the fragility of our water supplies and the importance of taking every step to protect our families.” New EPA Clean Water Rule will protect sources for drinking water – Rochester Post-Bulletin, 8/15 “There have been far too many articles in papers lately about pets and people sickened from toxic algae blooms and other results of streams and lakes being polluted by agricultural and urban...

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 faith leaders, farmers, and sportsmen and women have to say this week about why clean water is important for each of them. Pennsylvania Senators should back clean water rule – Lehigh Valley Live, 8/6 “For nearly 15 years, 10,000 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands in Pennsylvania have been at greater risk of being polluted or destroyed because of confusion over what bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act. That has all changed thanks to a new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will restore protections to the waters critical to our farming economy, fish and wildlife habitat, and the drinking supply for two out of three Pennsylvanians.” For Christians, dirty water is unacceptable – Christian Post, 8/2 “All of life requires water, it’s something we take for granted, but shouldn’t. Dirty water in our lakes, streams ad headwaters remains a constant threat and we must work to ensure that kind of pollution doesn’t harm our children and loved ones. Fight to protect nation’s waters isn’t over – The Morning Call, 7/31 “Who among us was lucky enough as a child to have played with a toy boat in a little park brook or a neighborhood creek? We’d launch our craft and watch in wonder as the swirling currents washed it downstream. We’d chase along, pluck the toy from the water, run back upstream and set it adrift again. Eventually, we might have let our boat keep going. As it disappeared...