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 only essential for agriculture, modern cities and recreation; it is the foundation of the living rivers and streams of Colorado and the myriad wildlife that depend on them.”

New ‘Clean Water Rule’ needs to be the law of the land – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/26

“The Clean Water Rule respects family farms as it protects Missouri’s water resources from corporate excess.”

Now is the time to raise our voices for clean water – Daily Herald, 6/26

“For more than 40 years, I’ve enjoyed the beauty of Illinois’ outdoors. From white bass fishing on the Vermilion River as a child to fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the Kankakee River and Chicago’s incredible lakefront as a local business owner, adult sportsman and a proud Illinoisan, access to our state’s public lands and waters is critical to both my well-being and the success of my businesses.”

Protecting all of California’s water – LA Times, 6/25

“In Los Angeles and San Diego counties alone, 1.4 million residents get their drinking water from sources that are protected by the new rule but would be vulnerable to pollution without it. That number could rise much higher as the drought continues. Streams that once continued trickling through summertime are now drying up and becoming intermittent. Under interpretations urged by some industries, those streams would no longer be protected, even in winter when they are full.”

Support the new clean water rule – The Aspen Times, 6/24

“As elected officials representing local and county governments in Colorado, we are responsible for overseeing the provision of clean, reliable and affordable drinking water to our communities. For us, clean water is not an abstract issue. It is part of our obligation to our constituents and their livelihoods on a daily basis.”

Sportsmen stand up for clean water – The Hill, 6/23

“Public lands and waters are what separate our nation from most of the rest of the world. We have places for everyday citizens to catch fish, pick berries, bird watch, hike peaks and hunt game. Our wildlife, wildlands and wild waters belong to the public; this was established early by our founding fathers and has been defended by sportsmen and women ever since”

Maine voices: Protecting waterways both moral imperative and good business – Portland Press Herald, 6/23

“Business in Maine depends on clean water. It shouldn’t be surprising that Maine brewers support this new clean water rule. Allagash, Baxter, Shipyard, Maine Beer Co. and other local breweries have voiced their support. Eldredge Lumber is proud to also do our part and urge our elected officials to join us. The health of our environment, our communities and our families depends on it.”

The Clean Water Rule: What does it mean for Philly? – Philadelphia Water Department Watersheds Blog, 6/23

“So, what does all this mean for Philadelphia Water and the local rivers and creeks that provide our drinking water? The short answer is that the Clean Water Rule doesn’t change anything about how we do things at Philadelphia Water or impact how waterways are regulated and protected in the city. However, it does strengthen protections for the sources of our drinking water by clearing up any confusion about how the Clean Water Act applies to the wetlands and tributaries that feed the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.”

New EPA clean water rule needed to protect Minnesota’s water – Post-Bulletin, 6/22

“As an owner of two businesses along the Upper Mississippi River, I applaud the administration for its efforts to keep these vital waterways healthy for fish and waterfowl and safe for Minnesota residents to drink, as mentioned in the June 13 Post-Bulletin editorial.”

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