To the Senate: Please Oppose all Anti-Environmental Riders in the FY 2017 E&W Appropriations Bill

April 20, 2016 Dear Senator: Our organizations, along with our millions of members and supporters, urge you to oppose all anti-environmental amendments proposed for inclusion in the Energy and Water Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2017, including language that would undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ final Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule restores guaranteed pollution safeguards to a variety of our nation’s waterways, including the small streams that feed the drinking water of one in three Americans, and provides clarity and certainty to the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. For decades, the Clean Water Act provided comprehensive protections for water bodies across the country, from the smallest headwater streams to the giant Mississippi River. However, weak policies following two Supreme Court decisions threw protections for some of our waterways into question. The Clean Water Rule helps protect the waters our children and grandchildren use to drink, swim, and play in. To develop the Clean Water Rule, the agencies engaged in a very transparent and thorough process, including holding more than 400 stakeholder meetings, providing more than 200 days for public comment, and conducting a detailed and open analysis and peer review of the science on which the rule is based. Over 800,000 people commented in support of the rule, and poll after poll has found small businesses, hunters and anglers, and a bipartisan majority of voters in favor of the Clean Water Rule and more protections for our water. The water crises in Flint, Toledo, Charleston, and communities around the country have unfortunately demonstrated just how vulnerable our drinking water sources are....