Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Check out what these physicians, faith leaders, and others have to say this week about why clean water is important for each of them.

Support efforts to protect clean water, health – St. Cloud Times, 7/19

“The new Clean Water Rule will help protect the streams and wetlands that are the headwaters of drinking water supplies for one in three U.S. residents. As a physician, this causes me great concern. Water pollution is endangering the quality of our drinking water and creating hazards in the waters we swim and play in. Clean water is essential for public health and that’s why the new rule is very important.”

Who is protecting New Mexico’s waters? – The Taos News, 7/18

“Water is precious in New Mexico. Without clean water our way of life is threatened and our communities suffer. While the Clean Water Rule does not restore all the protections that were lost after Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, it is a good first step to restoring some of the protections that were in place for almost 30 years. It is these protections that guided the transition from rivers that literally caught on fire to healthy watersheds where species like the bald eagle and river otter once again thrive. Unfortunately here in New Mexico this progress is being reversed and our waters are suffering.”

Must fight off attacks on Clean Water Rule – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/16

“It is critical that we independently recognize and counter attacks on the Clean Water Rule, which are thinly veiled efforts for political gain. They have nothing to do with clean water — only the muddying of it. In fact, this adjustment to the Clean Water Act has been called for by tens of thousands of businessmen and women in farming, development and even by cities diligently searching for clarity and more efficient ways to apply the Clean Water Act itself.”

Stand up for water, safer chemicals and GMO labeling – GreenBiz, 7/16

“Clean water is a necessary input for so many businesses, including food and drink production, tourism and manufacturing. In national, scientific polling last year, 80 percent of small business owners, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, favored rules protecting upstream headwaters — which this rule does.”

Water and Faith – Huffington Post, 7/14

“As someone who has enjoyed the bounty of God’s waters including the lakes, rivers and streams for decades, it pains me that my grandchildren may not be able to experience a childhood of clean water. Half of the nation’s rivers and streams are in a condition unfit to drink from or swim in, and unsafe to consume fish from because they are filled with chemicals. The new clean water rule is an important step in ensuring clean waters for future generations.”

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